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Kellogg's Tops Estimates As Health Brands Drive Gains

Kellogg Co topped Wall Street forecasts for first-quarter sales and profit on Thursday as the maker of Corn Flakes and Fruit Loops cereal earned more from its health-focused snack brands.

Shares of Battle Creek, Michigan-based Kellogg's rose 4.1% to $59.00 in premarket trading on after the results.

To better serve consumers who are ditching sugary foods including popular breakfast cereals, Kellogg has been acquiring companies that make healthier foods, such as protein bar maker RXBAR and Brazilian snack group Parati.

Items made by RXBAR and Parati helped Kellogg's sales rise 4.7% to $3.40 billion in the three months ended March 31.

Analysts on average had estimated sales of $3.30 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Net Income Increase

Kellogg's said net income rose to $444 million or $1.27 per share in the first quarter of 2018, from $266 million or 75 cents per share a year earlier.

Excluding one-time items, Kellogg earned $1.23 per share, ahead of analysts' expectations of $1.08.

News by Reuters, edited by Donna Ahern. Click subscribe to sign up for the Checkout print edition.

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