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Expeditors Reports Fourth Quarter 2011 EPS Of $.43 Per Share 1

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPD) today announced net earnings attributable to shareholders of $92,843,000 for the fourth quarter of 2011, as compared with $96,502,000 for the same quarter of 2010, a decrease of (4)%. Net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2011 increased 5% to $476,155,000 as compared with $453,362,000 reported for the fourth quarter of 2010. Total revenues and operating income were $1,501,914,000 and $155,064,000 in 2011, as compared with $1,582,135,000 and $148,572,000 for the same quarter of 2010, a decrease of (5)% and an increase of 4%, respectively. Diluted net earnings attributable to shareholders per share for the fourth quarter were $.43, as compared with $.45 for the same quarter in 2010, a decrease of (4)%.

For the year ended December 31, 2011, net earnings attributable to shareholders was $385,679,000, as compared with $344,172,000 in 2010, an increase of 12%. Net revenues for the year increased to $1,896,477,000 from $1,692,786,000 for 2010, up 12%. Total revenues and operating income for the year were $6,150,498,000 and $618,327,000 in 2011, as compared with $5,967,573,000 and $547,230,000 for the same period in 2010, increases of 3% and 13%, respectively. Diluted net earnings attributable to shareholders per share for the year ended December 31, 2011 were $1.79, as compared with $1.59 for the same period of 2010, an increase of 13%.

“From a strategic perspective, our 2011 fourth quarter financial results showed all the things we think are important,” said Peter J. Rose, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Operating income as a percentage of net revenue, at 32.6%, remained well above 30% for the seventh straight quarter while salaries as a percentage of net revenue were very much in line with our historical expectations. All in all, we think the things we can control most, we controlled best. From a tactical perspective, however, we would like to have seen stronger freight volumes as the customary real peak season surge never materialized. The lack of a peak season created irregular demand throughout the quarter. While this resulted in some intermittent spot buying opportunities in both the air and ocean freight markets, ultimately they were not sufficient to compensate for relatively weaker freight demand. Despite this quarters unpredictable shipping patterns, we still managed to grow both net revenue and operating income 5% and 4% respectively. That's something we take great comfort in. For the year ended 2011, net revenue and operating income increased 12% and 13% respectively. That is the kind of annual performance we don't feel particularly compelled to apologize for…particularly in these times,” Rose continued.

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