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US food company Ralcorp Holdings has reported higher quarterly profit but gave a less positive outlook for the current quarter due to reduced sales and customer losses caused by the bankruptcy filing of US grocery distributor Fleming.

Ralcorp, which makes store-branded goods, reported net earnings for the fiscal second quarter to 31 March of US$16.8m, up from $14.6m in the year-ago period, reported Reuters.

Sales for the quarter were $314.4m, compared with $313.5m in the same quarter of the previous year.

The St Louis-based company said its combined segment profit contribution over the fiscal third quarter was likely to drop by around 20-30% over the year-ago period.

Ralcorp also said that ingredient price increases and potential costs from a product recall were likely to impact third-quarter performance.