Coca-Cola Co.’s sales beat expectations in the second quarter and the soda maker raised its revenue forecast for the year as it saw a significant bounce back in its business, a stark contrast to the pandemic-related lockdowns that diminished sales last year.
Coke’s organic revenue, which excludes the impact of currency or acquisitions, climbed 37% in the quarter ended July 2, the Atlanta-based company said in a statement Wednesday. Analysts had been expecting 29.3% growth, according to forecasts compiled by Bloomberg. Earnings of 68 cents a share topped analysts’ estimate of 56 cents.
“Our results in the second quarter show how our business is rebounding faster than the overall economic recovery,” Chief Executive Officer James Quincey said in the statement. The company in particular cited a rebound in “away-from-home channels” as pandemic restrictions eased, sending sales above 2019 levels.
The results are evidence that consumers who were locked down in their homes during the same period last year are returning to reopened restaurants, amusement parks and stadiums—all of the on-premise public venues where the company’s soft drinks are poured.
Coke shares rose 2.2% as of 8:27 a.m. Wednesday before regular trading in New York. The stock was up 1.8% this year through Tuesday.