Major US confectioner Hershey Foods Corp has posted net sales of US$823.46m for its Q2 ended 30 June, up from US$817.33m year on year. Net income was US$63.15m, or US$0.46 per share-diluted, up 21.1% from US$52.44m, or US$0.38 per share-diluted. Excluding net charges of US$2.54m associated with the business realignment initiatives previously announced, and adjusting 2001 net income for the elimination of goodwill amortisation, Q2 net income was US$64.75m, up 17.5% from US$55.44m in the Q2 2001.