Operating profit increased 2% to $942 million in fourth quarter 2012 compared to $923 million in fourth quarter 2011. Excluding the above noted items in both periods, Operating profit increased 6% to $1,035 million.Net cash provided by operations for the full year 2012 increased 10% to $3,196 million compared to $2,896 million for the full year 2011. The increase was driven by strong operating earnings as well as a continued tight focus on working capital, especially accounts receivable and inventory management. Free cash flow before dividends exceeded 100% of Net income. Working capital as a percentage of Net sales was 0.7%, even with the year ago period.
Colgate Announces 4th Quarter And Full Year 2012 Results
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