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Hershey 4Q results mixed, demand softens in China

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 29, 2016 7:31 AM
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The Hershey Company officially opened up its 19 East office building in downtown Hershey on Thursday. The site was Milton Hershey's original chocolate factory.

(Hershey) --  The Hershey Company's fourth-quarter profit beat analysts' estimates, but its revenue fell short of Wall Street expectations due to soft demand in China.

The chocolate bar and candy maker earned $213.4 million, or 98 cents per share, for the period ended Dec. 31.

A year earlier the Hershey-based company earned $202.5 million, or 91 cents per share.

Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and costs related to mergers and acquisitions, came to $1.08 per share.

The results exceeded Wall Street expectations.

The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.05 per share.

Revenue dropped to $1.91 billion from $2.01 billion as sales fell in China.

Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected higher revenue of $1.97 billion.

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