Updated from 6:44 a.m. ESTFRAMINGHAM, Mass. ( TheStreet) -- Staples ( SPLS), the office products retailer, said fourth-quarter earnings fell 18% on charges related to lawsuits and restructurings. Net income was $233.9 million, or 32 cents a share, vs. $286 million, or 40 cents, a year earlier. Stripping out items, earnings in the fourth quarter were 38 cents, a penny below the view of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. Revenue rose 4% to $6.41 billion, topping estimates. Staples said its outlook assumes a modest economic recovery in 2010. It expects sales to rise in the mid single-digits from the same period of 2009. Staples sees adjusted first-quarter earnings of 25 cents to 27 cents. For the full year, Staples expects total company sales to increase in the low single-digits and it sees adjusted earnings of $1.23 to $1.33 a share. Analysts expect full-year earnings of $1.40 a share. -- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York. Follow TheStreet.com on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.