By Lisa Johnston
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BOSTON -Sales in the Duracell battery segment of the Gillette Co. fell 6 percent in the fourth quarter ending Dec. 31, while profits dropped 31 percent, compared with the same three months in 1999.
For the year, the Duracell battery segment sales declined 5 percent, while profits were off 28 percent, compared with full-year results in 1999.
Overall Gillette sales for the quarter were $2.82 billion, a 1 percent increase from the $2.80 billion recorded in the year-ago quarter. The company reported a net loss of $85 million for the fourth quarter, compared with a $339 million gain in the year-ago three months.
Sales for the year climbed 2 percent to $9.30 billion, compared with $9.15 billion in the same quarter in 1999. Net income for the year was $392 million, down from the $1.3 billion recorded in the year-ago quarter.
Gillette's fourth-quarter 2000 and total-year 2000 figures include one-time charges for restructuring costs that reduced net income for the quarter and year each by $430 million.
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