Dr Pepper Snapple reports profit down for 2Q

PLANO, Texas Dr Pepper Snapple Group has announced that its profit dropped 21 percent in the second quarter of 2008. Speculators say that the drop was most likely the result of the new company’s break from former parent Cadbury Schweppes.

According to the company, net income dropped from $136 million, or 54 cents per share, in the second quarter 2007 to $108 million, or 42 cents per share for the quarter ended June 30.

Not including the costs of restructuring and separation and other transactions, earnings were reported at 60 cents per share, the company said. In comparison the second quarter of 2007, revenue did rise 1 percent to $1.56 billion from $1.54 billion, after predictions that it would reach $1.58 billion. And, while higher prices may have steadied the loss from a drop-off in sales, coupled with a “challenging macroeconomic environment,” the higher prices were also the cause for the for the drop in volume, the company said.

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