NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ – News) today announced sales of $15.2 billion for the second quarter of 2009, a decrease of 7.4% as compared to the second quarter of 2008. Operational results declined 1.4% and the negative impact of currency was 6.0%. Domestic sales declined 6.7%, while international sales declined 8.0%, reflecting operational growth of 3.9% and a negative currency impact of 11.9%.
Net earnings and diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2009 were $3.2 billion and $1.15, respectively. The second quarter of 2008 included an after-tax in-process research and development charge of $40 million. Excluding this charge, net earnings for the quarter and diluted earnings per share represent decreases of 4.7% and 2.5%, respectively, as compared to the same period in 2008.* The Company confirmed its earnings guidance for full-year 2009 of $4.45 – $4.55 per share, which excludes the impact of special items.
“I am proud of the accomplishments of our people in continuing to deliver very solid operational results in light of the significant impacts of patent expirations and the economic environment,” said William C. Weldon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our investments through internal research and development, strategic partnerships and acquisitions have allowed us to build what is considered by many to be one of the best pipelines in our industry. We will continue to invest in our portfolio of innovative products to meet the needs of patients and consumers around the world.”