* Q1 EPS 50 cts/shr vs Street 47 cts/shr
* Net sales $1.58 bln
HOUSTON, April 28 Glass container manufacturer
Owens-Illinois Inc (OI.N) said on Wednesday its first-quarter
profit rose more than expected, helped by higher prices for its
For the period, the company posted net income of $85.3
million, or 50 cents per share, compared with $45.1 or 27 cents
per share a year earlier.
Analysts expected earnings of 47 cents, according to
Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
First-quarter net sales rose to $1.58 billion in 2010, from
$1.52 billion in the year ago period, primarily due to
favorable foreign currency translation effects, the Perrysburg,
Ohio company said.
Analysts expected revenue of $1.65 billion.
(Additional reporting by Ernest Scheyder in New York; editing
by Carol Bishopric)