(REUTERS) - Deere & Co. reported a 4 percent rise in quarterly earnings on Wednesday due to growing demand for farming and construction machinery and higher prices.
The Moline, Illinois-based farm equipment maker posted fiscal first-quarter net income of $533 million, or $1.30 per share, compared with $513.7 million, or $1.20 per share, a year ago. Analysts had expected earnings of $1.24 a share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Deere had previously told investors to expect lower year-over-year earnings in the first quarter due to higher costs and lower combine production.
Sales for the quarter increased 11 percent to $6.77 billion, beating analyst expectations of $6.5 billion.
The company raised its forecast for net income for the year, from a previous expectation of $3.2 billion to a new target of $3.275 billion. Deere maintained its forecast for 15 percent sales growth.
(Reporting By John D. Stoll; Editing by Maureen Bavdek)