Hershey ( HSY) matched Wall Street estimates Thursday with a 6% second-quarter sales gain. The Hershey, Pa., chocolatier made $98.4 million, or 41 cents a share, up from the year-ago $93.2 million, or 37 cents a share. Excluding a restructuring charge, latest-quarter earnings were 42 cents a share, matching the Thomson Financial analyst consensus estimate. Revenue rose to $1.05 billion, in line with the $1.04 billion target. "Hershey's second-quarter results were encouraging," said CEO Richard H. Lenny, "as strong sales growth of 6.4% combined with overall solid cost controls delivered a 13.5% increase in diluted earnings per share from operations. Hershey's new product innovation, particularly in the areas of dark chocolate, refreshment and Kissables, was the major contributor to this sales performance. Seasonal shipments also positively impacted sales during the quarter." Hershey said net sales growth for 2006 should be "somewhat above our long-term range of 3%-4%, and the increase in diluted earnings per share from operations should slightly exceed our long-term expectations of 9%-11%." The company also said it expects to complete its restructuring this year and that the effort should cost a total of $130 million or so on a pretax basis.