Kimberly-Clark 2nd-quarter tops expectations, view raised

Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:21am EDT

(Reuters) - Kimberly-Clark Corp (KMB.N) posted a higher-than-expected jump in quarterly profit and raised its 2012 forecast on Thursday as the maker of Kleenex tissues and Huggies diapers kept cutting costs, helping to overcome sluggish sales growth.

Second-quarter profit rose to $498 million, or $1.26 per share, from $408 million, or $1.03 per share, a year earlier.

Adjusted earnings per share, excluding costs for the company's pulp and tissue restructuring, rose to $1.30 from $1.18. Analysts, on average, expected $1.28 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Sales rose 0.2 percent to $5.27 billion. The volume of goods sold increased 2 percent, and prices were up more than 2 percent.

Kimberly-Clark now expects to earn $5.05 to $5.20 per share this year on an adjusted basis, versus its prior forecast of $5.00 to $5.15 per share. Sales are still expected to be flat to up 1 percent.

(This story is corrected with forecast in last paragraph to $5.05-$5.20 from $5.00-$5.20)

(Reporting by Jessica Wohl in Chicago; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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