PepsiCo reports higher profit despite economic pressures

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PepsiCo reported higher quarterly earnings on Wednesday and said it was on track to meet its financial goals for the year, despite a sluggish economy.

The maker of Pepsi-Cola, Frito-Lay snacks, and Tropicana juice said net income was $1.91 billion, or $1.23 per share, in the third quarter, up less than 1 percent from $1.90 billion, or $1.21 per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, earnings were $1.24 per share. On that basis, analysts were expecting $1.17, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

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Shares of PepsiCo were up 1.1 percent at $81.50 in trading before the market opened.

Speaking on Bloomberg Television on Tuesday morning, PepsiCo Chief Financial Officer Hugh Johnston said the company had delivered a "good quarter" and that its global beverage business was "largely in line with what the competition was doing."

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"We think that's enough to satisfy the broader investor base," Johnston said, adding that PepsiCo had raised prices by about 3 percent in the last quarter so that it could reinvest the money in its brands and innovation.

PepsiCo has been under pressure from activist shareholder Nelson Peltz since July, when he said publicly that the company should buy Oreo cookie maker Mondelez International and split off its soft-drink business.

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Net revenue rose 1.5 percent to $16.91 billion.

Shares of the beverage giant moved higher in pre-market trading prior to the opening bell. (Click here to get the latest quote.)

By Reuters