All six of the company's business segments posted operating margins above 21% in the quarter.
The company estimates that combined direct and indirect business disruption resulting from events in Japan reduced first-quarter sales growth by 70 basis points, operating margins by 40 basis points and earnings by three cents per share.
"We are off to a tremendous start in 2011 with first-quarter organic sales growth of 9%—or 10.5% adjusting for Japan and H1N1 impacts," said GeorgeBuckley, 3M chairman, president and CEO. "New product flow is accelerating, boosted by higher investment in laboratory, sales and marketing and manufacturing capacity. Sales are growing faster as a result and our businesses are growing most everywhere in the world."
First-quarter worldwide sales totaled $7.3 billion, up 15.2% compared to the first quarter of 2010. Organic volumes grew 8.9%, selling prices rose 0.1%, acquisitions added 3.2% and foreign exchange added 3% to sales in the quarter.
Local-currency sales including acquisitions grew in all six of the company's business segments.
Total sales in 3M's Health Care business were up 9.7%.Industrial and Transportation segment sales rose 16.9%.