First quarter earnings for the Whirlpool Corporation are higher, much higher than last years. The world's largest appliance maker reports GAAP earnings per share are up 166%. That's $252-million compared to just $92-million. It's GAAP operating profit totaled $254-million, compared to $204-million one year ago. CEO Jeff Fettig says they "expect to see moderately higher revenue growth, due to continued strength in U.S. housing demand." On an adjusted basis, diluted earnings per share rose 56-cents from last year.
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