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Campbell Soup

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, the world's biggest soup maker, said fiscal third-quarter earnings rose about 11% as sales increased slightly.

Campbell Soup earned $187 million, or 57 cents a share, up from $168 million, or 49 cents a share, a year earlier.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to earn 52 cents a share.

Sales rose to $1.81 billion from $1.80 billion a year earlier.

The company said it expects to be at the high end of its fiscal 2011 guidance of a 1% to 3% decline in per-share earnings.

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