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Hormel Foods (NYSE: HRL) reported a 12% gain in its fiscal second-quarter earnings.

Hormel's quarterly profit surged to $140.1 million, or $0.52 per share, versus a year-ago profit of $125.5 million, or $0.46 per share.

Its sales increased 4.3% to $2.24 billion, while volume declined 1%. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.56 per share on revenue of $2.24 billion.

Hormel's gross margin widened to 16.9% versus 16.4%.

Hormel's sales at the refrigerated-foods business climbed 9.9%, while operating profit surged 38%. The company's grocery-products sales dropped 0.4%, while profit increased 16%.

Sales at Jennie-O Turkey Store declined 1%, while operating profit rose 2%. Specialty Foods sales tumbled 12%, while operating profit fell 26%. Hormel's international & other sales jumped 23%, while operating profit climbed 34%.

Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer said, “Our team achieved a record second quarter both in terms of dollar sales and earnings per share.”

The executive continued, “We improved operating profit margins on a total company basis and in four of our five segments.”

Hormel maintained its FY14 earnings forecast of $2.17 to $2.27 per share.

Hormel shares dipped 1.10% to close at $48.53 yesterday.

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