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Nestle expects sales to grow this year

Reuters  |  VEVEY, Switzerland 

VEVEY, (Reuters) - said it expected its organic sales to rise this year after an improving performance in and America helped growth accelerate in 2018 after six years of slowdowns.

Demand for packaged foods has suffered from a trend towards healthier eating, and is trying to bring the world's biggest group back up to speed by improving efficiency and focusing on growth categories.

Organic sales grew 3.0 percent in the full year, accelerating to 3.7 percent in the final quarter, and net profit jumped 42 percent to 10.1 billion Swiss francs ($10.02 billion) benefiting from one-off items, the maker of Kitkat chocolate bars and portioned coffee said in a statement on Thursday.

($1 = 1.0082 Swiss francs)

(Reporting by Silke Koltrowitz)

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First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 12:05 IST