Hershey Co. HSY announced Thursday that its first-quarter profits and sales were above expectations. The company also raised its outlook for growth in the full year, citing a “resilient demand from consumers” and its strength in the salty snack business. Stocks of the chocolate and snack giant were still untraded in premarket. The net income increased to $587.2 millions, or 2.85 per share, compared with $533.5, or 2.57 per share in the previous period. Earnings per share adjusted to exclude nonrecurring items rose 17.0%, from $2.67 to $2.96. This was above the FactSet consensus estimate of $2.67. Sales rose 12.1%, to $2.99 billion. This was above the FactSet consensus estimate of $2.91.