E.I. du Pont de Nemours growing pension income helped it post higher first-quarter 2000 earnings than first quarter 1999, the Wilmington, Del.-based chemical company reported today.
DuPonts first-quarter net income was $803 million, or 76 cents per diluted share, compared with $663 million, or 58 cents per share, a year earlier. The companys pension income contributed $40 million to its first-quarter bottom line. The company reported pension income of $164 million in 1999, or $41 million a quarter.