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Kimberly-Clark to Cut About 1,600 Jobs

Household-products maker Kimberly-Clark said Thursday it plans to cut 1,600 jobs, or 3 percent of its global work force, as it slims down in the tough economy.

The maker of Kleenex tissues, Huggies diapers and scores of other household items employs 53,000 people around the world. It plans to make the cuts primarily among salaried and non-production workers andexecutives said the company doesn't plan to close any plants.

Profits at Kimberly-Clark have fallen for the past 18 months, as shoppers cut back on spending because of the recession, high unemployment and the housing downturn. Meanwhile revenue, which had been steadily rising, began to fall late last year.

Kimberly-Clark was also hurt as the value of the dollar rose relative to other currencies _ crimping profits from overseas sales _ and consumers who traded down to cheaper, store-brand products.

The company said it expects the cuts to save about $150 million a year, or about 25 cents per share. It will mostly affect second-quarter results, when the company will record $110 million of the costs. It estimates total restructuring costs between $140 million to $150 million.

The entrance sign to Kimberly-Clark Corporation world headquarters campus in Irving, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006. Kimberly-Clark Corp., maker of Kleenex tissues and Scott paper towels, announced Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006 that fourth-quarter earnings tumbled 17 percent as one-time costs cut into profits, offsetting higher revenue. Earnings fell to $371.1 million, or 79 cents per share, from $445.3 million, or 91 cents per share, a year ago. Sales edged up 3 percent to $4.01 billion from $3.9 billio
L.m. Otero
The entrance sign to Kimberly-Clark Corporation world headquarters campus in Irving, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006. Kimberly-Clark Corp., maker of Kleenex tissues and Scott paper towels, announced Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006 that fourth-quarter earnings tumbled 17 percent as one-time costs cut into profits, offsetting higher revenue. Earnings fell to $371.1 million, or 79 cents per share, from $445.3 million, or 91 cents per share, a year ago. Sales edged up 3 percent to $4.01 billion from $3.9 billio



In the second half of the year, the company expect the restructuring will translate into savings of 10 cents per share.

"These actions, while difficult, are necessary to help us emerge from this demanding economic environment as a stronger company," CEO Tom Falk said in a statement.

The Irving, Texas-based consumer-products company said it would update its earnings guidance when it reports second-quarter results on July 23.

Shares of the company were up slightly Thursday.