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Kellogg Company Reports Earnings Per Share At The High End Of Guidance For 2012 And Reaffirms Guidance For 2013 Growth

North America

Reported net sales growth for Kellogg North America was 7.5 percent in 2012 and 12.3 percent in the fourth quarter. Internal net sales growth was 3.6 percent for the full year 2012 and 5.5 percent for the fourth quarter. The U.S. Morning Foods and Kashi segment posted internal net sales growth of 2.7 percent in 2012 and 6.3 percent in the fourth quarter. U.S. Snacks posted internal net sales growth of 1.9 percent in 2012 and 0.7 percent growth in the fourth quarter, building on 8.3 percent growth in the fourth quarter of 2011. The U.S. Specialty Channels business posted strong internal net sales growth of 7.4 percent for the full year of 2012 and 10 percent in the fourth quarter. The North America Other business posted internal net sales growth of 7.0 percent for the full-year 2012 and 11.2 percent growth in the fourth quarter.

North American reported operating profit increased by 1.3 percent and internal operating profit decreased by 1.6 percent in the fourth quarter. North American reported operating profit increased by 2.7 percent for the full-year; full-year internal operating profit declined by 0.3 percent, also due to continued high-levels of commodity inflation, a mid single-digit increase in investment in brand building, and the limited recall in the third quarter.

International

Kellogg International reported net sales growth of 7.7 percent in 2012 and 30.9 percent in the fourth quarter. Full-year internal net sales growth was 0.2 percent and fourth quarter internal net sales growth was 4.8 percent. Internal net sales growth in the Latin American business was 6.7 percent in 2012; internal growth in the fourth quarter was 9.4 percent. Internal net sales in our European business decreased by 3.8 percent in 2012 and increased by 2.7 percent in the fourth quarter; performance in the European business improved sequentially as the year progressed.  The Asia Pacific business posted internal net sales growth of 2.7 percent for the full year and 4.6 percent in the fourth quarter.

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