Cincinnati-based Chiquita Brands International has posted a net loss for the fourth quarter of US$42m, or $0.99 per diluted share, including a $25m accrual related to a potential settlement of a previously disclosed US Department of Justice investigation. This compares with a net loss of $19m, or $0.45 per diluted share, in the same period last year. Net sales rose by 9% for the quarter to US$1.1bn.