Rising Costs Push Kimberly-Clark 4Q Profits Lower

Net income down 19 percent as costs climb

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    Kimberly-Clark-brand Huggies diapers.

    Kimberly-Clark Corp., the maker of Kleenex, Huggies and other household goods, says its fourth-quarter net income fell 19 percent as rising costs dampened its performance.

    Its 2012 adjusted earnings forecast was below Wall Street's expectations.

    Like many companies, Kimberly-Clark is struggling with higher costs to make and transport its products and has raised prices to help offset some of the expense.

    The company reported Tuesday that it earned $401 million, or $1.01 per share, in the quarter. That compares with $492 million, or $1.20 per share, a year earlier.

    Adjusted earnings were $1.28 per share. The adjusted results fell short of analysts' $1.30 per share forecast.

    Revenue for the quarter ended Dec. 31 climbed 2 percent to $5.18 billion from $5.08 billion, but missed Wall Street's $5.21 billion estimate.