(PepsiCo article updated with additional background information and PepsiCo stock price movements)

PURCHASE, N.Y. (

TheStreet

) --

PepsiCo

(PEP) - Get Report

reported fourth-quarter earnings in line with expectations and reaffirmed its profit outlook for the year.

PepsiCo says it's still targeting an 11% to 13% growth rate for its earnings per share in 2010.

The soft-drink company on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $1.4 billion, or 90 cents a share, compared with $719 million, or 46 cents a share the previous year. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected earnings of 91 cents a share.

PepsiCo reported revenue of $13.3 billion, up from last year's $12.7 billion.

PepsiCo attributed the top- and bottom-line increases to growth in emerging markets such as South America and cost cuts across its operations.

The soft-drink and snack maker expects to resume a share-repurchase program after it completes its deal to acquire

Pepsi Bottling Group

.

PepsiCo anticipates that in 2010 share repurchases and a voluntary $600 million pension-plan contribution would add up to about $5 billion in costs this year.

PepsiCo on Dec. 8 reached an agreement with

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Dr Pepper Snapple

(DPS)

to manufacture and distribute certain Dr Pepper Snapple products after the completion of PepsiCo's acquisition of its two anchor bottlers.

Rival

Coca-Cola

(KO) - Get Report

has also reported in-line fourth quarter earnings.

Coca-Colahas a strong presence in the emerging markets, and watched its international unit case volumes soar during the period. In emerging markets China and India, Coca-Cola's unit case volume increased 29% and 20%, respectively.

PepsiCo stock settled up 1.3% at $61.20 Thursday, while Coca-Cola finished the session up 0.8% at $54.20. Dr Pepper Snapple ended the day higher as well, up 1.2% at $27.20.

-- Reported by Andrea Tse in New York

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