Second quarter 2013 net sales rose 3% to $5.3 billion. Operating profit was up 6% to $796 million.
In the personal care segment, sales decreased 1% to $2.4 billion. However, operating profit increased 6% to $432 million.
Chairman and chief executive officer Thomas J. Falk said, “We delivered another solid quarter of results while we continued to execute our global business plan strategies. We achieved 3% organic sales growth, as excellent results in K-C International more than offset mixed volume performance in the developed markets. We generated $80 million of cost savings, improved adjusted operating profit margin by 80 basis points and delivered an 8% increase in adjusted earnings per share. We also launched a number of product innovations and continued to allocate capital in shareholder-friendly ways. At the half way point of the year, I am encouraged by our progress overall.”
Falk added, “In terms of the full year, we continue to target organic sales growth of 3-5%, led by Kimberly-Clark International.”