Earnings for the three months ended March 31 shot up 23.1 percent to $184.7 million, or 43 cents a share. Sales increased 14.5 percent to $2.5 billion.
“We continued to benefit from our strength in developing and emerging markets around the globe to more than offset the unfavorable impact of economic softness and service problems in North America,” said Andrea Jung, chairman and chief executive officer.
Revenues in North America fell 6 percent. Business units with rising revenues included Central and Eastern Europe, up 17 percent; Western Europe, the Middle East and Africa, 17 percent; the Asia-Pacific area, 9 percent, and China, 29 percent.
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