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Johnson & Johnson announced sales of $17.6 billion for the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of 8% as compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. Operational results increased 9.3% and the negative impact of currency was 1.3%. Domestic sales increased 6.8%, while international sales increased 8.9%, reflecting operational growth of 11.2% and a negative currency impact of 2.3%.
Sales for the fourth quarter of 2012 included the impact of the recently completed acquisition of Synthes, Inc., which contributed 5.6% to worldwide operational sales growth, net of the divestiture of the DePuy trauma business. Worldwide sales for the full-year 2012 were $67.2 billion, an increase of 3.4% versus 2011. Operational sales increased 6.1% and the negative impact of currency was 2.7%. Domestic sales increased 3.2%, while international sales increased 3.5%, reflecting operational growth of 8.4% and a negative currency impact of 4.9%. Sales for the full-year 2012 included the impact of the recently completed acquisition of Synthes, Inc., which contributed 3.1% to worldwide operational sales growth, net of the divestiture of the DePuy trauma business.
"Johnson & Johnson delivered solid results in 2012 reflecting continued sales momentum in many parts of our business driven by our focus on delivering meaningful innovation in health care to patients and customers. Our results included strong growth of key products, successful new product launches, and the addition of Synthes to our family of companies," said Alex Gorsky, J&J chairman and CEO. "In addition, we continued to make important investments building strategic partnerships and in advancing our pipeline, positioning us well for delivering sustainable growth as we enter 2013. I would also like to thank our talented colleagues at Johnson & Johnson for their extraordinary achievements in helping advance health and well-being for patients and customers around the world."
Worldwide consumer sales of $14.4 billion for the full-year 2012 represented a decrease of 2.9% versus the prior year, consisting of an operational increase of 0.5% and a negative impact from currency of 3.4%. Domestic sales decreased 2.%; international sales decreased 3.4%, which reflected an operational increase of 1.9% and a negative currency impact of 5.3%. Positive contributors to operational results were sales of upper respiratory OTC products; international sales of Listerine oral care products; and U.S. sales of Neutrogena skin care products.