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Cans of Pepsi posed in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)
Cans of Pepsi posed in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)

PepsiCo third-quarter profit rises Add to ...

PepsiCo Inc. reported slightly better-than-expected quarterly earnings Wednesday and affirmed its full-year target, helped by international growth and the acquisition of a Russian beverage company.

The maker of Pepsi-Cola, Lays potato chips and Quaker oatmeal said profit was $2.0-billion, or $1.25 per share in the third quarter, up from $1.92-billion, or $1.19 per share, a year earlier.

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Excluding items, earnings were $1.31 per share, topping analysts’ average estimate by a penny, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Revenue climbed to $17.58-billion from $15.51-billion a year ago. Analysts on average were expecting $17.18-billion.

The company affirmed its 2011 target, calling for high single-digit earnings-per-share growth.

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