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3M Co.

MMM -5.37%

said it is cutting 2,500 manufacturing jobs as the company confronts difficult business conditions in its overseas markets and weakening consumer demand.

The maker of Scotch tape, Post-it Notes and thousands of other industrial and consumer products said Tuesday that it expects lower sales and profit in 2023 after demand weakened significantly in late 2022, pulling down quarterly performance.

The St. Paul, Minn.-based company forecast sales this year to slip from last year’s level with weak demand for consumer products and electronic items, particularly smartphones, tablets and televisions, for which 3M provides components. Fourth-quarter sales for 3M’s consumer business dropped nearly 6% from the same period a year earlier.

“Consumers sharply cut discretionary spending and retailers adjusted their inventory levels,” 3M Chief Executive

Mike Roman

said during a conference call. “We expect the demand trends we saw in December to extend through the first half of 2023.”

3M shares were recently down 4.7% at $116.81.

The company said demand for its disposable face masks is receding, as healthcare providers spend less on Covid-19 measures, and mask demand returns to prepandemic levels. 3M said it expects mask sales to decline by $450 million to $550 million this year from 2022.

3M executives said the spread of Covid infections in China is weighing on sales there, and sporadic plant closings are interrupting industrial production. China also is reducing production of consumer electronics because of weakening consumer demand, they said, and 3M’s exit from its business in Russia last year will also contribute to lower sales this year.

3M said the strong value of the U.S. dollar continues to erode sales from other countries when foreign currencies are converted to dollars.

The company forecast that sales for the quarter ending March 31 will be down 10% to 15% from the same period last year. For the full year, the company projects sales to fall between 6% and 2%, and expects adjusted earnings of $8.50 a share to $9 a share.

For the fourth quarter, the company posted a profit of $541 million, or 98 cents a share, compared with $1.34 billion, or $2.31 a share, a year earlier.

Stripping out one-time items, including costs tied to exiting the company’s operations making so-called forever chemicals, adjusted earnings came to $2.28 a share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet were looking for adjusted earnings of $2.36 a share.

Sales fell 6% to $8.08 billion for the quarter, slightly topping expectations of analysts surveyed by FactSet.

Write to John Keilman at [email protected] and Bob Tita at [email protected]

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3M Co.

MMM -5.37%

said it is cutting 2,500 manufacturing jobs as the company confronts difficult business conditions in its overseas markets and weakening consumer demand.

The maker of Scotch tape, Post-it Notes and thousands of other industrial and consumer products said Tuesday that it expects lower sales and profit in 2023 after demand weakened significantly in late 2022, pulling down quarterly performance.

The St. Paul, Minn.-based company forecast sales this year to slip from last year’s level with weak demand for consumer products and electronic items, particularly smartphones, tablets and televisions, for which 3M provides components. Fourth-quarter sales for 3M’s consumer business dropped nearly 6% from the same period a year earlier.

“Consumers sharply cut discretionary spending and retailers adjusted their inventory levels,” 3M Chief Executive

Mike Roman

said during a conference call. “We expect the demand trends we saw in December to extend through the first half of 2023.”

3M shares were recently down 4.7% at $116.81.

The company said demand for its disposable face masks is receding, as healthcare providers spend less on Covid-19 measures, and mask demand returns to prepandemic levels. 3M said it expects mask sales to decline by $450 million to $550 million this year from 2022.

3M executives said the spread of Covid infections in China is weighing on sales there, and sporadic plant closings are interrupting industrial production. China also is reducing production of consumer electronics because of weakening consumer demand, they said, and 3M’s exit from its business in Russia last year will also contribute to lower sales this year.

3M said the strong value of the U.S. dollar continues to erode sales from other countries when foreign currencies are converted to dollars.

The company forecast that sales for the quarter ending March 31 will be down 10% to 15% from the same period last year. For the full year, the company projects sales to fall between 6% and 2%, and expects adjusted earnings of $8.50 a share to $9 a share.

For the fourth quarter, the company posted a profit of $541 million, or 98 cents a share, compared with $1.34 billion, or $2.31 a share, a year earlier.

Stripping out one-time items, including costs tied to exiting the company’s operations making so-called forever chemicals, adjusted earnings came to $2.28 a share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet were looking for adjusted earnings of $2.36 a share.

Sales fell 6% to $8.08 billion for the quarter, slightly topping expectations of analysts surveyed by FactSet.

Write to John Keilman at [email protected] and Bob Tita at [email protected]

Copyright ©2022 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 87990cbe856818d5eddac44c7b1cdeb8

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