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Hasbro

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, the No. 2 toymaker in the U.S. behind

Mattel

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, beat Wall Street's quarterly earnings expectations Tuesday, helped by strong demand for

Pokemon

products and other games.

The manufacturer of

Play Doh

,

Monopoly

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and

Tonka

trucks said that for the first quarter ended April 2, earnings rose to $15.1 million, or 8 cents a diluted share, from $13.8 million, or 7 cents a share, in the year-ago period. The consensus estimate of analysts polled by

First Call/Thomson Financial

was only 1 cent.

The company attributed much of the strength to growing international sales of Pokemon cards and other items based on the popular Japanese cartoon and video game, in which Pokemon -- an amalgam of "pocket monsters" -- with names like Charizard, Pikachu, Ponyta and Squirtle battle one another with special powers.

Games.com

, the company's Web site for playing games online, was responsible for a loss of $2 million pretax (or $1 million aftertax, or 1 cent a share). The company said that it does not expect that unit to be profitable this year.

Revenue rose to $773.5 million from $668.4 million a year ago. Out of the Pawtucket, R.I.-based company's three major business segments, two -- games and international divisions -- posted revenue gains. The U.S. toys segment recorded a decrease caused partly by lower revenues from

Star Wars

action figures.

Alan Hassenfeld, chairman and chief executive of Hasbro, said in a statement that revenue growth of the year should be about 5% and earnings-per-share growth should approach 10%, excluding the impact of special items.

Shares of Hasbro were up 5/16, or 2%, to 16 1/16 in Tuesday afternoon trading.