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McCormick's Higher Profit Bland to Investors

(McCormick earnings report corrected to show that the company beat profit expectations.)
SPARKS, Md. ( TheStreet) -- McCormick (MKC - Get Report) shares continued to slide Wednesday after the spice maker missed quarterly revenue expectations on Tuesday.

McCormick said Tuesday it recorded higher net income for the recent quarter as price increases successfully offset commodity cost inflation, but results failed to meet analysts' expectations.

McCormick shares closed lower by 1.6% in Tuesday's session, and fell another 1.7% at midday Wednesday to trade around $47.93 amid heavier-than-normal volume. Around 1.3 million shares changed hands less than halfway through the day's session, compared with their average daily volume of just 838,000.

In the three months ended Feb. 28, McCormick earned $76.8 million, or 57 cents per share, up 13.1% from year-earlier income of $67.9 million, or 51 cents per share.

Revenue rose 2.4% to $782.8 million.

While bottom-line results topped expectations for earnings of $71.7 million, or 54 cents per share, the top-line sales figure came up short. Analysts had expected the spice maker to book revenue of $803 million.

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