DuPont ( DD) said its second-quarter earnings fell 61% to $417 million, or 46 cents a share, from $1.08 billion, or $1.18 a share, a year earlier, but the company reaffirmed its earnings outlook for 2009.

Excluding a restructuring charge of 15 cents a share, earnings in the quarter were 61 cents a share. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected earnings of 53 cents a share.

Total sales in the quarter fell to $7.09 billion from $9.28 billion a year earlier. Analysts forecast sales of $7.15 billion.

The chemicals company reaffirmed its 2009 earnings outlook range of $1.70 to $2.10 a share, excluding significant items, while analysts see earnings of $1.70 a share.

DuPont said the outlook anticipates "prevailing weak demand across key markets other than agriculture with gradual improvement from current recessionary levels during the remainder of 2009."