On Feb. 7, home appliance giant Whirlpool
- Total sales grew 25.3%, below analyst expectations and mostly reflecting the large acquisition of Maytag. International growth was strong, according to the company.
- Diluted earnings fell 25.1% because of merger integration and other related charges.
- Management expects $400 million in savings from the Maytag purchase by 2008.
- Whirlpool is projecting full-year 2007 diluted earnings from continuing operations of $8 to $8.50 per share and free cash flow of $600 million to $650 million, or more than $8 per share based on year-end 2006 diluted shares outstanding.
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