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Coca-Cola Raises Annual Revenue Forecast On Sustained Soft Drinks Demand

Coca-Cola Co lifted its full-year revenue forecast on Tuesday, as demand for sugary soft drinks held up strong despite price increases to blunt the impact of higher costs for key inputs such as corn syrup and aluminum cans.

The blue-chip stock, which has gained 5% this year, rose about 1% in premarket trading.

Packaged food makers have so far felt little impact of decades-high inflation, especially in the United States, as people prioritise spending on eating at home rather than at restaurants.

Rival PepsiCo Inc said last week it had not seen any slowdown in demand and added that there was room for prices to go further up.

Growth 

Coca-Cola said global sales volumes rose 8% in the second quarter, powered by growth in both developed and emerging markets, while average selling prices rose about 12%.

Net revenue rose 12% to $11.3 billion in the quarter ended 1 July. Analysts on average had expected revenue of $10.55 billion, according to Refinitiv IBES data.

However, Coca-Cola's comparable operating margin fell to 30.7% from 31.7%, squeezed PepsiCoby surging commodity and transportation costs.

Revenue Increase

The company forecast organic revenue to rise 12% to 13% in 2022, compared to prior expectation of 7% to 8% increase.

It expects full-year adjusted earnings per share, excluding the impact of a stronger dollar, to rise 14% to 15%, compared to prior estimates of 8% to 10% growth.

The company now sees a stronger dollar to be a 6% headwind to its revenue, compared to previous forecast of 2% to 3%.

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News by Reuters, edited by Donna Ahern, Checkout. For more A-brands stories, click here. Click subscribe to sign up for the Checkout print edition.

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