Engelhard Corp. recently reported net earnings for the fourth quarter ended December 31 of $63.7 million, or $.50 per share, compared with $56.1 million, or $.44, for the same period in 2002. Fourth quarter sales were $1.0 billion, compared with $911 million a year ago. Full year net earnings were $234.2 million, or $1.84 per share, which included $4.9 million, or $.04 per share, of net-positive special items. Earnings in 2002 were $171 million, or $1.31 per share, which included a charge of $57.7 million, or $.44 per share. Sales for the year were $3.7 billion compared with $3.8 billion in 2002.