PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) _ PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) on Thursday reported third-quarter profit of $2.1 billion.

On a per-share basis, the Purchase, New York-based company said it had net income of $1.49. Earnings, adjusted for restructuring costs and costs related to mergers and acquisitions, came to $1.56 per share.

The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.50 per share.

The food and beverage company posted revenue of $17.19 billion in the period, also beating Street forecasts. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $16.96 billion.

PepsiCo expects full-year earnings to be $5.50 per share.

PepsiCo shares have climbed 21% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 15%. The stock has increased 23% in the last 12 months.

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