MOLINE, Ill. - Deere & Co. (DE) says its first-quarter net income rose almost 5 percent, but it projected a slowdown in sales of farm equipment this year.
High crop prices have put money into
farmers' pockets and driven a boom in demand for Deere's tractors and other
motorized farm gear. But Deere says demand for farm equipment is
"moderating." It says farm and construction equipment sales will fall
3 percent this year, and will fall 6 percent in the second quarter. Its profit
guidance for the year is unchanged at about $3.3 billion.
For the quarter that ended Jan. 31,
Deere earned $681.1 million, or $1.81 per share. Revenue from equipment sales
rose 2 percent to $6.95 billion as it raised prices.
Both its profit and revenue beat analyst expectations.