FRANKLIN PARK, Ill./PRNewswire/ -- Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF - news) today announced record results for its second quarter. Sales increased 4.3% to a record $1,144.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2002. Diluted earnings per share before merger-related costs were a record $0.80 per share compared to $0.66 per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2001. Driven by a significant improvement in National Refrigerated Products Group results, second quarter operating earnings before merger- related costs were $62.7 million compared to $56.7 million last year. The company incurred $3.7 million pre-tax for costs related to the previously announced merger transaction with Suiza Foods Corporation ($2.3 million after- tax, or $0.06 per share).