FedEx said quarterly profit fell from a year earlier as the U.S. economy grew at a weaker pace than expected. And the package delivery company said its fiscal 2008 growth target may be in doubt.
FedEx said earnings fell to $1.35 a share for its fiscal third quarter, which ended in February, from $1.38 a share in the year-ago period. The profit includes 6 cents a share in charges, including those for fuel surcharges and storms, and a benefit of 8 cents a share for a reduction in the company's tax rate. On average, analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial predicted a profit of $1.33 a share.
Revenues rose 7% from the year-ago period to $8.6 billion, a bit shy of expectations for $8.7 billion.