Reuters

(Reuters) - Colgate-Palmolive Co <CL.N> reported on Friday a lower quarterly profit and weaker-than-expected sales.

 

The world's largest toothpaste maker said sales rose 4.5 percent to $3.9 billion in the quarter ended Dec. 31.

 

Analysts on average had expected sales of $3.92 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

 

Net income plunged to $323 million, or 37 cents per share, from $606 million, or 68 cents per share.

 

(Reporting by Sangameswaran S in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)