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Newell Brands sees strong sales for writing instruments

Newell Brands reports that its The Learning & Development segment generated net sales of $707 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with $730 million in the prior year period.

Core sales growth in Writing was more than offset by the negative impacts of unfavorable foreign exchange, the adoption of the new 2018 revenue recognition standard and a core sales decline for Baby related to the continued negative impact of the Toys ‘R’ Us bankruptcy.

“Newell Brands’ fourth quarter results reflect solid progress as we continue to execute the Accelerated Transformation Plan (ATP) announced one year ago,” said Michael Polk, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newell Brands. “We were encouraged by the sequential improvement in core sales growth across all segments, the return to growth of our Learning & Development segment driven by building momentum on Writing, and solid margin expansion as a result of continued diligent cost management and pricing.”

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