UPDATE 1-Mexican supermarket chain Soriana reports higher 2nd-qtr net
(Adds revenue, detail on results)
MEXICO CITY, July 25 (Reuters) - Soriana, Mexico's No. 2 supermarket chain, reported an 8 percent increase in its second-quarter profit on Friday as it trimmed sales costs and spent less money servicing its debt, but revenue dipped.
Profit rose to 794 million pesos ($61 million) from 736 million pesos in the year-earlier period.
Revenue fell 2.7 percent to 24.895 billion pesos, but lower sales costs helped the company report slightly higher operating profit of 1.195 billion pesos, up 1 percent from a year earlier.
The increase in net profit was mostly due to a foreign exchange benefit as the peso strengthened in the quarter, meaning Soriana paid less on its dollar-denominated debt. ($1 = 12.9865 pesos at end June) (Reporting by Elinor Comlay; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)