Tyson Food's first-quarter profit rises

Fri Feb 1, 2013 7:45am EST

Feb 1 (Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc reported higher quarterly earnings on Friday, helped by growth in its beef and chicken business.

Tyson, the largest U.S. meat company, said profit rose to $173 million, or 48 cents per share, for the first quarter ended Dec. 29, from $156 million, or 42 cents per share, a year earlier.

Sales rose to $8.40 billion from $8.33 billion a year earlier.

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