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Starbucks Corp.

The world's largest coffee retailer said fiscal first-quarter profits rose by less than 2 percent while saying it plans to open about 425 fewer domestic stores and 75 more overseas than previously planned in 2008, for a global total of 2,150 new stores.

1st Qtr Year ago

Revenue $2.77B $2.36B

Net income $208.1M $205M

Per share 28 cents 26 cents

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

The world's No. 2 cruise operator, based in Miami, reported fourth-quarter profit swelled 52 percent, as strong bookings produced better-than-expected revenue despite high fuel costs and economic pressures.

4th Qtr Year ago

Revenue $1.49B $1.15B

Net income $70.8M $46.6M

Per share 33 cents 22 cents

2007 2006

Revenue $6.1B $5.2B

Net income $603.4M $633.9M

Per share $2.82 $2.94

UPS Inc.

The world's largest shipping carrier reported that it swung to a hefty loss in the fourth quarter, due to a $6.1-billion payment to shift 45,000 of its employees from one pension plan to another.

4th Qtr Year ago

Revenue $13.39B $12.63B

Net income -$2.58B $1.13

Per share -$2.46 $1.04

2007 2006

Revenue $49.6B $47.55B

Net income $447M $4.2B

Per share 42 cents $3.86

Merck & Co.

The maker of allergy and asthma pill Singulair and osteoporosis treatment Fosamax posted a $1.63-billion fourth-quarter loss as a whopping charge for its Vioxx litigation settlement dragged down results.

4th Qtr Year ago

Revenue $6.24B $6.04B

Net income -$1.63M $473.9M

Per share -75 cents 22 cents

2007 2006

Revenue $24.2B $22.6B

Net income $3.28B $4.43B

Per share $1.49 $2.03

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