Global (calendar Q3)
The household goods company said earnings rose 5.5%, reflecting the impact of pricing increases.
Profit for the quarter ended September 30 rose to $347.2 million (€289.4m; £196.9m) from $329m a year earlier. The latest results included a gain of $60.6m for the sale of its North American heavy duty laundry-detergent brands during the quarter. The gain was more than offset by a number of charges, including $29.9m for restructuring costs, $36.5m for income taxes to repatriate foreign earnings and $16.7m for pension obligations.
Colgate, whose brands include the epnymous toothpaste and the Palmolive range, said sales rose to $2.91 billion, up from $2.7bn.
Global (fiscal Q1)
The consumer goods titan, which makes Tide detergent and Crest toothpaste, said earnings for its fiscal first quarter rose 4.5% as strong volume growth and price increases helped offset the impact of Hurricane Katrina in the US and high commodity costs.
P&G said profit rose to $2.03 billion (€1.69bn; £1.15bn), from $1.94bn a year earlier. Sales rose to $14.79bn billion, up from $13.74bn.
The quarterly result did not reflect P&G's recent acquisition of Gillette, which was completed after the quarter ended.
Global (calendar Q3)
The media giant, weeks away from splitting into two companies, swung to profit as growth in cable networks and film offset a decline in its broadcast television business.
In the quarter, Viacom earned $708.5 million (€590.5m; £401.9m), compared with a loss of $487.6m in the year-earlier period.
The TV arm, which includes the CBS and UPN networks, posted a slight decline in revenue despite a strong start to the fall season and higher ad sales. But operating profit declined 19% because of a drop in TV licensing revenue.
The entertainment and cable-network divisions, which include Paramount Pictures,were strong performers and posted a 54% jump in revenue to $844.6m, boosted by box-office returns. Operating profit totalled $109.7m, compared with $5.1m a year earlier.
At the cable unit, which includes networks MTV and Nickelodeon, revenue rose 15%, while operating profit increased 11%.
Data sourced from Wall Street Journal Online; additional content by WARC staff