World's number two soft drink maker PepsiCo said Tuesday morning 2Q net profits rose 13% to $1.56 billion, good for EPS of $0.94, while revenue came in 10% higher y/y, at $9.6 billion. Consensus analyst estimates were for EPS of $0.89 cents on sales of $9.4 billion. Its strong earnings caused the company to up its full year outlook to "at least" $3.35 a share from its previous projection of EPS of $3.30. Powering Pepsi's most recent quarter was strong international growth, especially in the company's Frito-Lay snack division, and favorable currency exchanges. Shares are higher in pre-market action by $0.45 as of 7:17 a.m. ET.
Sources: Press Release, Bloomberg, MarketWatch, AP, Reuters
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