Feb 1 Mattel Inc missed Wall Street's
profit and sales estimates for the fourth quarter on weak demand
for Barbie dolls and movie-themed toys in the holiday season.
The company, also home to Hot Wheels cars and Fisher-Price
toys, said its net income had fallen to $306.5 million, or 87
cents a share, from $370.6 million, or $1.07 a share, a year
Excluding a litigation charge, the world's largest toy
company earned $1.12 a share. Analysts on average were looking
for $1.15, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Net sales rose 5 percent to $2.26 billion, but fell short of
the analysts' average estimate of $2.29 billion.