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Levi Strauss 4Q profit up 20 percent

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm •  Published: February 7, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Levi Strauss & Co. reported Thursday that its fiscal fourth-quarter revenue declined but profit was up 20 percent, largely on lower tax expenses.

The San Francisco-based company, which is privately owned, is one of the world's best-known apparel brands. However, it has struggled with the ups and downs of the economies in countries where it sells its products.

Levi Strauss announced last quarter that it would license the Levi's brand boys business in the Americas and phase out the Denizen brand in Asia. Those decisions, along with weakening economic conditions in Asia, helped send its revenue for the fourth quarter down 3 percent to $1.3 billion. Although it did get a boost from increased sales in company-operated stores in the Americas and Europe.

The company's net income for the period increased to $53 million from $44 million. It got a boost from a tax benefit of $27 million booked in the fourth quarter after reaching an agreement with the state of California on state tax refund claims over a several year period.

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