Raytheon Reports Solid Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2008 Results; Reaffirms Outlook for Continued Growth in 2009

Highlights - Year-end backlog increased to a record $38.9 billion - Delivered strong full-year sales growth of 9% - Fourth quarter adjusted EPS from continuing operations of $1.13 grew by 18%; reported EPS from continuing...


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