Corona maker Constellation Brands's quarterly sales top estimates

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(Reuters) – Constellation Brands Inc (STZ.N) reported better-than-expected quarterly sales on Thursday, driven by strong demand for its Corona and Modelo beers.

FILE PHOTO: Bottles of Corona beer, the flagship brand of Group Modelo, are seen in Mexico City, Mexico February 14, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/File Photo

Net income attributable to the company rose to $925.5 million, or $4.64 per Class A share, in the fourth quarter ended Feb. 28 from $452 million, or $2.26 per Class A share, a year earlier.

The company’s latest quarter was helped by a $363 million gain due to the recently enacted U.S. tax law.

The maker of Robert Mondavi wines and SVEDKA vodka said sales rose 8.5 percent to $1.77 billion. Analysts on average were expecting $1.75 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva

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