3M Posts Record Sales Despite Japan Losses

Sales of $7.3 billion in Q1

Manufacturing conglomerate 3M posted record sales in the first quarter, with strong growth in Asia despite the impact of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the firm said on April 26.

The Minnesota-based company said all time high sales of $7.3 billion helped lock in a more modest profit of around $1.1 billion, up 16% from the same period a year before.

Sales in the Asia-Pacific region grew nearly 16%.

"Sales are growing faster as a result and our businesses are growing most everywhere in the world," said chief executive officer George Buckley.

But 3M estimated events in Japan would reduce full year sales growth by around one percentage point.

Operating margins and earnings will also be hit.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2011

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