(MENAFN - AFP) Coca-Cola reported higher second-quarter profits Tuesday as increased soft drink sales in North America offset the hit from a strong dollar in some overseas markets.
The beverage company also raised some of its full-year profit benchmarks, boosting shares.
Net income was $2.6 billion, up 12.6 percent from the year-ago period.
Revenues climbed 6.1 percent to $10 billion.
Soft drink sales rose four percent during the quarter, with the company's namesake beverage selling well. The company's revamped diet soda, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, also again notched higher volumes.
The company pointed to new packaging sizes in North America, as well as product launches, such as "Coca-Cola Orange Vanilla."
Coca-Cola has also introduced myriad non-carbonated water, juice and coffee-based drinks in a pitch to consumers concerned about health and high sugar levels.
Volumes increased in Europe, Middle East & Africa and in Latin America, but operating income declined in both regions due largely to the hit from a strong dollar.
"Our strategy to transform as a total beverage company has allowed us to continue to win," said James Quincey, chief executive of Coca-Cola.
"Our progress is positioning the company to create more value for all of our stakeholders, including our shareowners."
Shares rose 1.6 percent to $52.07 in pre-market trading.