The maker of Reese's peanut butter cups, Twizzlers and Kit Kat bars reported net profit of $198.7 million, or 87 cents per share, for the first quarter, up from $160.1 million, or 70 cents per share, a year earlier.
Excluding items, earnings were 96 cents per share.
Net sales rose to $1.73 billion from $1.56 billion a year earlier.
(Reporting By Martinne Geller in New York; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)
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