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DuPont: Performance materials returns USD 174m profit in Q4 2009

The performance materials segment of DuPont (Wilmington, Delaware / USA; www.dupont.com), which includes the company's engineering polymers activities, has reported a pretax operating profit of USD 174m for the fourth quarter of 2009, compared with a loss of USD 129m in the same period of 2008. Sales increased 20% year-on-year to USD 1.44 bn.

Full-year pretax operating profit in the segment was USD 287m, up from USD 128m in 2008, on sales of USD 4.77 bn, a year-on-year fall of USD 1.53 bn. Sales volumes increased by 24% year-on-year, with strong recovery in all regions, particularly Asia Pacific.

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