WILMINGTON, Del., Jan. 22 In a letter toshareholders posted today, DuPont (NYSE: DD) Chairman and CEO Charles O.Holliday, Jr., highlighted the company's recent improvements in profitability,return on capital and productivity. The company announced strong fourthquarter and full year 2007 financial results earlier today.
Holliday outlined how the company plans to achieve higher profitability in2008 and beyond by making advances in agriculture, safety and protection,emerging markets and cost productivity.
"We are confident we can deliver attractive growth in earnings in 2008,and see even stronger growth in the years to follow -- continuing ourimprovement of the last three years," Holliday said.
"We recognize that these are challenging times, as the macroeconomic andglobal political environment creates concerns among investors about theoutlook for business profitability and growth for companies across theindustrial, consumer and service sectors," Holliday said. "While suchconcerns are real, the multi-year transformation of DuPont and our improvedperformance have put us in a better position to meet these challenges."
The full DuPont letter to shareholders is available at the following link:http://www2.dupont.com/Media_Center/en_US/assets/downloads/pdf/2008_shareholder_letter.pdf (Due to the length of this URL, please copy and paste into yourbrowswer)
DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802,DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to abetter, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services formarkets including agriculture and food; building and construction;communications; and transportation.
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