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Weathering a ferocious pricing environment and with the looming threat of a brewery workers strike, Anheuser-Busch Cos. beat analysts' expectations by boosting second-quarter net income 2.6%, to $391.2 million. Beer shipments rose 1.6%. Buoyed by this performance, A-B's stock price reached a 52-week high last week. Now, A-B is studying where it can reduce discounts or actually increase prices in the fourth quarter.
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