Sales rise at FedEx

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FedEx saw sales rise 12 per cent to $9.63 billion (6.1bn) in the second quarter, although operating income was down at $469m (£297m).

While shipments and yields grew in all transport segments, earnings were reduced by costs related to the January 30, 2011 combination of FedEx Freight and FedEx National LTL operations, including severance costs associated with personnel reductions and non-cash asset impairment charges. Earnings were also reduced by a reserve for a legal matter at FedEx Express.

“Solid demand for our transport solutions, outstanding customer service from FedEx team members and a healthier global economy helped drive second-quarter revenue higher,” said Frederick W. Smith, FedEx Corp. chairman, president and chief executive officer.

“Our yield improvement strategy is working, holiday peak season volumes are exceeding our expectations and our economic forecast for calendar 2011 has improved. Accordingly, we have increased our earnings outlook for our current fiscal year.”

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