October 26, 1999 11:50 AM PDT
Short Take: Hershey blames computer problems for low earnings
Hershey posted a 19 percent drop in quarterly net earnings, citing continuing warehouse and order-taking problems. The company, which uses German software giant SAP's business applications, said net income slipped to $87.6 million, or 62 cents a share, compared to $107.5 million, or 74 cents a share, in the year-ago quarter. The company said computer problems have created a backlog of orders and slower deliveries. The software the company is using is expected to help automate customer services, warehousing, and order fulfillment.