reported a third-quarter loss of $7.4 million, or 13 cents a share, as the period was hurt by the impact of the weak euro and continued high fuel prices.
Excluding special items, Dole's third-quarter loss was $1.3 million, or 2 cents a share, compared with a loss of $1.9 million, or 3 cents a share, a year earlier. Last month, Dole said it expected a third-quarter loss from continuing operations of 2 cents to 8 cents a share. Two analysts polled by
First Call/Thomson Financial
expected the company to lose 9 cents a share for the period.
Including items, the fruit and vegetable producer lost $8 million, or 14 cents a share, last year.
Revenue for the quarter rose to $1.44 billion from $1.41 billion last year.