US spice manufacturer Mccormick & Co. has posted a rise in first-half earnings, although growth slowed as second-quarter income fell due to restructuring charges.

The company today (27 June) reported net income of US$85.7m for the six months to 31 May, up from $76m a year earlier.

Second-quarter earnings, however, plunged by a third to $41.4m due to charges related to McCormick’s restructuring programme. Sales during the second quarter rose 7%.

Nevertheless, chairman and CEO Robert Lawless said the company’s performance during the second quarter had “exceeded expectations”.

Lawless said: “These results were driven in part by increased international sales, the incremental impact of Simply Asia Foods and favourable currency rates.

“With a strong first half, we expect to grow earnings per share 9-11% on a comparable basis, an increase from our original projection of 8-10%. Fiscal year 2007 is shaping up to be another record year for McCormick.”