Ill. -- Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:
CAT) today announced second-quarter 2012 profit per share of $2.54, an all-time
quarterly record, and a 67-percent increase from second-quarter 2011 profit per
share of $1.52. Sales and revenues were
$17.374 billion, also an all-time record, and a 22-percent increase from
second-quarter 2011 sales and revenues of $14.230 billion. Profit was $1.699 billion in the quarter, an
increase of 67 percent from $1.015 billion in the second quarter of 2011.
Caterpillar narrowed the outlook range for sales and revenues and raised the outlook for profit. The sales and revenues outlook range for 2012 is now $68 to $70 billion with profit of about $9.60 per share at the middle of the sales and revenues outlook range. The previous outlook for sales and revenues was a range of $68 to $72 billion with profit of about $9.50 per share at the middle of the sales and revenues outlook range.