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but the falling US dollar and exposure in more positive economies has come 'round to help Whirlpool.

Whirlpool 4Q07 net income rose 72% on momentum in its international business as well as cost savings in North America tied to its acquisition of Maytag.

... earnings rose to $187 million, or $2.38 a share, from $109 million, or $1.37 a share, a year ago. Breaking out a loss from discontinued operations in the year-ago period, earnings from continuing operations rose to $2.38 from $1.67 a share.

Sales climbed 7% to $5.33 billion, from $4.95 billion. Wise Analysts had been expecting earnings of $2.15 a share on revenue of $5.27 billion, according to data compiled by Thomson Financial.
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