NU Online News Service, July 27, 2004, 5:43 p.m. EDT
Slow sales at some channels in Japan held down second-quarter profit growth at AFLAC Inc., Columbus, Ohio.[@@]
The supplemental insurance company that populated the world with armies of soft, furry stuffed ducks is reporting $265 million in net income for the latest quarter on $3.2 billion in revenue, up from $248 million in net income on $2.9 billion in revenue for the second quarter of 2003.
Although net income increased 6.7%, the gain might have been bigger if sales in Japan were stronger, the company says.