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Food Group Danone Eyes Sales Acceleration in 2014

February 19
18:19 2014

French food group Danone said sales growth would accelerate this year as a recovery in European dairy gathers momentum and as it seeks to rebuild demand eroded by an Asian recall of high-margin infant formula products.

The world’s largest yoghurt maker predicted that its 2014 operating margin would be stable within a range of 20 basis points lower to 20 basis points higher, having fallen 81 basis points to 13.19 per cent in 2013, in line with a company-compiled consensus of analysts.

The maker of Activia and Actimel yoghurt, Evian water and Bledina baby food said underlying sales in 2013 grew 4.8 per cent to €21.298 billion, above analysts estimates of 4.7 per cent growth.

This was in line with Danone’s 4.5 per cent to 5 per cent forecast range given in October and topped the 4.6 per cent achieved by Swiss rival Nestle.

For this year, Danone set a goal of underlying sales growth of 4.5 per cent to 5.5 per cent.

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