However, earnings were 64 cents per share excluding special items, which beat analysts' 62-cents-per-share expectation, reports The New York Times.
Sales rose 8.9%, to $3.85 billion, with snacks showing among the largest gains (17%) among U.S. segments (17%). But sales in the meals unit, including canned soups and dinner mixes, declined 4%. The U.S. accounts for nearly two-thirds of the company's sales.
Earlier this week, ConAgra Foods reported a 42% drop in earnings, as sales growth failed to make up for a 15% jump in input costs.--Karlene Lukovitz