P&G reports profit decline but maintains guidance

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Procter & Gamble Co. PG, -1.44% shares slipped 0.8% in Tuesday premarket trading after the consumer packaged goods company reported fiscal Q1 profit that fell versus last year. Net income totaled $4.112 billion, or $1.61 per share, down from $4.277 billion, or $1.63 per share, last year. Sales of $20.338 billion were up from $19.318 billion last year. The FactSet consensus was for EPS of $1.59 and sales of $19.826 billion. Sales in all segments, including beauty, grooming and fabric care were up. P&G brands include Tide, Always, Bounty and Dawn. "These results keep us on track to deliver our top-line, bottom-line and cash targets for the fiscal year," said Chief Executive David Taylor in a statement. For full fiscal year 2022, P&G still expects all-in sales growth in the range of 2% to 4%, EPS growth in the range of 6% to 9% compared with fiscal 2021 $5.50 last year, and core EPS growth in the range of 3% to 6% compared to $5.66. The FactSet consensus is for sales of $78.866 billion, suggesting growth of 3.6%, and EPS of $5.93, implying 4.8% growth. P&G stock has risen 2.3% for the year to date while the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.10% is up 15.2% for the period.

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