Procter & Gamble Lowers Q4 Outlook, Shares Slump

by Christopher Freeburn | June 20, 2012 10:05 am

Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG[1]) has warned investors that it is experiencing a rough fourth quarter[2].

The consumer products giant said that slowing growth overseas, especially in China, and a strengthening dollar were hurting both revenue and earnings.

Shares of Procter & Gamble fell more than 3% in early Wednesday trading.

This is the second outlook downgrade the company has issued in three months, the Associated Press noted.

The company said it expected adjusted fourth-quarter EPS to be between 75 cents and 79 cents, down from a prior forecast of 79 cents to 85 cents.

Revenue for the fourth quarter is anticipated to fall between 1% and 2%, to between $20.45 billion and $20.66 billion.

Wall Street had been looking for EPS of 82 cents and revenue of $20.62 billion.

The company has announced a renewed focus on its core markets and a major cost-cutting program to save $10 billion by 2016.

Endnotes:
  1. PG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=PG
  2. it is experiencing a rough fourth quarter: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_PROCTER__GAMBLE_OUTLOOK?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-06-20-07-04-18

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