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Published: Thursday, 4/30/2009

Owens-Illinois reports fall in first-quarter profits

A decline in shipments and a negative impact of foreign currency values despite higher average selling prices led Perrysburg bottle maker Owens-Illinois Inc. to a sharp decrease in first-quarter earnings.

The company said yesterday it had a profit of $45 million, or 27 cents a share, compared with a profit of $178 million, or $1.09 a share, a year ago. Its sales totaled $1.5 billion for the quarter, down from $2 billion for the period a year ago.

Overall, O-I said it was pleased with the performance and that its improved selling prices and product mix contributed more than 6 percent to its revenue, compared to the prior year. Sales declined mainly because of challenging market conditions, the firm said.

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