In 3M's Health Care business, fourth quarter sales were $1.2 billion, up 5.9% compared to the fourth quarter of 2009. Local currency sales including acquisitions increased 4.3%. Sales in local currencies grew at a double-digit rate in infection prevention solutions and also drove positive local currency sales in health information systems, skin and wound care, drug delivery and food safety. Local-currency sales rose slightly in oral care.
Health Care business operating income in the fourth quarter was $347 million, with margins at 29%.
In the Industrial and Transportation sector, fourth quarter sales climbed 10.4% to $2.1 billion in local currency. Double-digit local-currency sales growth was reported in abrasive systems, automotive OEM, energy/advanced materials and aerospace.