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In the United States, Tyson Foods raises its annual sales forecast due to higher meat prices

By on May 9, 2022 0

Tyson Chicken Nuggets, owned by Tyson Foods, are for sale in Queens, New York, U.S., November 16, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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May 9 (Reuters) – Tyson Foods Inc (TSN.N) raised its full-year sales outlook on Monday after soaring meat prices helped the U.S. processor beat its quarterly revenue estimates and profits.

Shares jumped about 2% in premarket trading.

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Companies like Tyson say they have raised prices to offset rising costs for labor and goods like animal feed, which have been accelerated by the war in Ukraine.

“While we continue to see inflationary pressures in the supply chain, we are working to reduce costs,” chief executive Donnie King said in a statement.

Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson now expects annual sales of between $52 billion and $54 billion, down from its previous estimate for the upper end of a $49 billion to $51 billion range.

Analysts on average expect a figure of $51.79 billion, according to Refinitiv IBES data.

Tyson said average prices for its beef in the quarter that ended April 2 were up 23.8% from a year earlier, while chicken prices were up 14.4% and pork prices by 10.8%. Sales volumes remained almost flat in the beef and chicken sectors and fell 4.8% in the pork sector, according to the company.

Quarterly sales reached $13.12 billion in the quarter, up from $11.30 billion a year earlier, beating expectations of $12.85 billion. Tyson reported adjusted earnings per share of $2.29, better than expectations of $1.91.

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Reporting by Deborah Sophia in Bengaluru and Tom Polansek in Chicago; Editing by Aditya Soni

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