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REFILE-General Mills quarterly profit rises 10% on virus-led stockpiling

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July 1 (Reuters) - General Mills Inc posted a nearly 10% increase in quarterly profit on Wednesday, helped by strong demand for its cereals and snacks, as restaurants remained shut in the period due to coronavirus-led lockdowns.

Net earnings attributable to General Mills rose to $625.7 million, or $1.02 per share, in the fourth quarter ended May 31, from $570.2 million, or 94 cents per share, a year earlier.

Net sales climbed to $5.02 billion from $4.16 billion.

(Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing by Ramakrishnan M.)