(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)