Financial Highlights

Financial Highlights

 19981997Percent Change

In thousands of dollars except per share amounts

Net sales$4,435,615$4,302,236+3
Net income340,888336,251+1
Income per share - Basic2.382.25+6
  - Diluted2.342.23+5

Hershey Foods Corporation...

is the leading North American manufacturer of quality chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery and chocolate-related grocery products and has a variety of international operations.

Our Mission...

is to be a focused food company in North America and selected international markets and a leader in every aspect of our business. Our goal is to enhance our number one position in the North American confectionery market, be the leader in chocolate-related grocery products and build leadership positions in selected international markets.