NESTLE EXPECTS SALES TO GROW THIS YEAR

Nestle expects organic sales to rise in 2019 after an improving performance in China and North America helped growth accelerate last year.
Chief Executive Mark Schneider is trying to bring the firm back up to speed by improving efficiency and focusing on growth categories.
Schneider told CNBC on Thursday that he felt positive about meeting the company’s 2020 margin target.

Nestle said it expected its organic sales to rise this year after an improving performance in China and North America helped growth accelerate in 2018 after six years of slowdowns.

Demand for packaged foods has suffered from a trend towards healthier eating, and Nestle Chief Executive Mark Schneider is trying to bring the world’s biggest food 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 Nespresso portioned coffee said in a statement on Thursday…

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