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Nestlé reports organic growth of 3.6% in HY2019

Net profit declined by 14.6% to CHF 5.0 billion, FY guidance for 2019 confirmed

Nestlé reports half-year results for 2019 with organic growth of 3.6%, with continued strong real internal growth of 2.6% and pricing of 1.0%. Increased growth was led by the United States and Brazil. Total reported sales increased by 3.5% to CHF 45.5 billion (6M-2018: CHF 43.9 billion). Net acquisitions had a positive impact of 1.1% and foreign exchange reduced sales by 1.2%.

Net profit declined by 14.6% to CHF 5.0 billion, and earnings per share decreased by 12.3% to CHF 1.68. In the first half of 2018, net profit benefited from the sale of the U.S. confectionery business.

Full-year guidance for 2019 confirmed. The company expects organic sales growth around 3.5% and the full-year underlying trading operating profit margin at or above 17.5%.

Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO: "We are encouraged by our first half results and have made further progress toward our 2020 financial goals. Disciplined execution and fast innovation contributed to improved organic growth and profitability. Our growth was broad-based with our largest market, the United States, performing particularly well. Across our categories increased investment behind our brands and in innovation is clearly paying off, as reflected in our strong momentum in PetCare and the return to mid single-digit growth in coffee. Our Starbucks launch has been a great success so far and we plan on further geographic expansion and product innovation to make the most of this unique opportunity. Active portfolio management will continue to sharpen our strategic focus and position the company in attractive high-growth businesses. Our value creation model is clearly delivering the expected results and will support sustained profitable growth."

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