Jan 31 Dow Chemical Co reported a
quarterly net loss on Thursday due to large restructuring
charges and falling sales of specialty plastics and chlorine.
For the fourth quarter the company posted a net loss of $716
million, or 61 cents per share, compared with a net loss of 20
million, or 2 cents per share, in the year-earlier quarter.
Sales fell 1 percent to $13.92 billion.
Dow Chemical took a $990 million charge in the fourth
quarter, part of a plan announced in October to lay off 5
percent of its workforce, close 20 plants and write down the
value of its underperforming lithium ion battery business.