CINCINNATI - Procter & Gamble today stated that it expects volume, sales and earnings  growth for the December 2001 quarter to be at the upper end of prior guidance. Core earnings per share growth is expected to be at  the top end of the previously communicated low to mid single digit range and as a result, core earnings per share is expected to be two to three cents higher than current Wall Street analyst estimates. This improvement is after adjusting the  base period for comparable accounting treatment for goodwill and intangible assets.