BUSINESS
10/24/2011 08:51 EDT | Updated 12/24/2011 05:12 EST

Kimberly-Clark's net income falls, but signals that raw materials costs could be levelling off

DALLAS - Huggies and Kleenex maker Kimberly-Clark Corp. says its net income fell 8 per cent in the third quarter as it continued to struggle with high costs for raw materials.

It also cut its revenue outlook and the high end of its earnings outlook.

Net income fell to $432 million, or $1.09 per share. That was down from $469 million, or $1.14 per share, last year. Adjusted earnings of $1.26 per share were in line with expectations.

Sales were a bright spot. New products, higher prices and strength overseas made up for soft demand in Europe and North America. Revenue rose 8 per cent to $5.38 billion. Analysts expected $5.29 billion.

The company says the cost of some raw materials, such as wood pulp, is levelling off.