HONG KONG, March 21 (Reuters) - Global supply chain manager Li & Fung Ltd on Thursday posted a larger-than-expected 9.4 percent fall in net profit for 2012, hit by restructuring costs and provisions tied to its U.S. business.
The supply chain manager for retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Kohl's Corp and Target Corp, reported a full year net profit of $617 million, down from $681 million profit in 2011.
The result lagged market expectations of a $629 million profit, according to Thomson Reuters Starmine SmartEstimate.
Profit for the second half of the year was $305 million, down from a forecast of $317 million.
Li & Fung had in January warned that its 2012 core operating profit would fall 40 percent due to restructuring costs and provisions tied to its U.S. business, triggering a sell off in the stock.