MEXICO CITY, July 23 (Reuters) - Mexico's Grupo Bimbo, one of the world's largest bread makers by volume, on Tuesday reported a 4.4 percent higher second-quarter profit as operational improvements offset pressure from a higher tax rate.
The company's reported a profit of 922.4 million pesos ($71 million), compared with 883.2 million pesos ($68 million) in the year-earlier quarter.
Bimbo said it paid a higher tax rate over the quarter that trimmed its net profit.
Revenue for the quarter was flat at 43.46 billion pesos ($3.35 billion). Operating profit rose 20.3 percent to 4.5 billion pesos ($346.7 million), helped by lower sales costs and general expenses.
Shares in Bimbo closed up 3.33 percent at 41.31 pesos, prior to the release of its quarterly report.