GM cuts forecast after quarterly loss
Bowing to grim reality, General Motors Corp. followed Ford's lead and cut its U.S. sales forecast Wednesday after a tough first quarter that saw a $3.3 billion loss. GM's loss for the January-March period amounted to $5.74 per share, reflecting $2.9 billion in one-time charges. That compares with a profit of $62 million, or 11 cents per share, in the first quarter of 2007.
Consumer goods, food results mixed
Makers of household consumer and food products reported mixed results Wednesday as they raised prices on everything from hot dogs to toothpaste to try to offset soaring energy and ingredient costs. Procter & Gamble Co., the maker of Pampers diapers and Gillette razors, said higher retail prices, cost controls and strong growth in emerging markets helped lift its fiscal third-quarter profit 8 percent. But rival Colgate-Palmolive Co., whose products include its namesake toothpaste and dish soap, said first-quarter earnings fell 4 percent as the company took restructuring charges and a higher provision for income taxes. Colgate said rising materials costs were offset by raising prices, but that margins would be pressured as the cost of raw materials climbs. For more earnings reports, see The Buzz on Business, Page D-3.
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