Whirlpool Corp. returned to profitability in its second quarter, buoyed by cost cuts, higher prices and strength in North America. The world's biggest appliance maker bounced back from a loss a year ago tied to a collection dispute settlement.

The results were below Wall Street expectations, however, and revenue fell 5 percent. Its shares fell 2 percent in early premarket trading.

The company behind brands like KitchenAid, Maytag and its namesake reported net income of $113 million, or $1.43 per share for the three months ended June 30. It lost $161 million, or $2.10 per share, in the prior-year period.

Adjusted earnings were $1.55 per share when taking out a restructuring charge, gains related to a retiree health care plan and other items.

Analysts expected adjusted earnings of $1.64 per share for the latest quarter, according to a FactSet poll.

Revenue fell to $4.51 billion from $4.73 billion. Removing the impact of the stronger dollar, revenue rose about 2 percent.

Wall Street forecast $4.63 billion in revenue.

North American revenue rose 4 percent to $2.5 billion, but the Benton Harbor, Mich., company said that results were soft in Europe due to economic volatility.

Sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa fell to $692 million from $841 million. These sales fell about 7 percent when stripping out the impact of the stronger dollar.

Latin American sales dipped to $1.2 billion from $1.3 billion. Excluding the stronger dollar and Brazilian tax credits, these sales increased 8 percent. Asian sales fell to $241 million from $257 million but gained 6 percent when taking out the stronger dollar.

Whirlpool reiterated its full-year adjusted earnings guidance of $6.50 to $7 per share. Analysts foresee earnings of $6.44 per share.

Its shares fell $1.31, or 2 percent, to $66 in premarket trading.