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Earns Hershey

A mixture of Hershey's chocolates is displayed in the company's Times Square store in New York.

HERSHEY — Hershey Co. on Thursday reported first quarter profit of $304.4 million.

On a per-share basis, the Hershey, Pennsylvania-based company said it had net income of $1.45. Earnings, adjusted for nonrecurring costs and costs related to mergers and acquisitions, were $1.59 per share.

The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.48 per share.

The chocolate bar and candy maker posted revenue of $2.02 billion in the period, which also topped Street forecasts. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.99 billion.

Hershey shares have risen 9% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 17%. The stock has risen 26% in the last 12 months.

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