COLUMBUS, Ind. — Diesel engine maker Cummins Inc.’s sales have shifted into a higher gear this year following six consecutive quarters with year-over-year revenue declines.

The Columbus-based Fortune 200 company reported Tuesday first-quarter revenues of nearly $4.6 billion, about a 7 percent increase from the nearly $4.3 billion in revenue it reported for the same period in 2016.

Sales increased in all four of the company’s business segments — Engine, Distribution, Components and Power Systems.

Cummins’ first-quarter results and the factors for the gains prompted the company to adjust its full-year forecast to the positive side. The company said it expects full-year revenues to be up 4 to 7 percent, compared to its prior projection of revenues flat to down 5 percent.

Cummins Inc. reported this morning that its first-quarter revenues for this year reached $4.6 billion, an increase of 7 percent from the same quarter in 2016.

Stronger demand from construction and mining customers and higher sales from a distributor acquisition in the fourth quarter of last year offset the impact of weaker truck production in North America, and international sales improved by 17 percent, the company said in a news release.

“Cummins delivered solid financial results, successfully launched new products and returned $222 million in cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases in the first quarter,” said Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger.

Cummins is forecasting full-year revenues to be up 4 to 7 percent, an improvement from its prior forecast of revenues being flat to down 5 percent.

Please read Wednesday’s edition of The Republic for more details.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at or (812) 379-5639.