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Corporate Earnings Climb

6:56 AM MDT | April 20, 2012 | —Arnold Pearlman

corporate operating earnings rose 0.9% in the fourth quarter, after increasing 1.7% in the third. The slowdown was the result of a sharp drop in earnings from overseas. Domestic profits gained a rapid 3.8% for the quarter, following a 1.8% rise in the previous three months. For the entire year, corporate operating earnings advanced 7.3%, the third consecutive year of increases. Profits of financial firms fell 4.9%, while nonfinancial companies registered a gain of 11%. Within the nonfinancial sector, profits of manufacturers rose almost 17%, with chemical...

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