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    Nestle sales volume fall but outlook unchanged

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    Nestle reported on Thursday a drop in sales volume as the Swiss food giant hiked prices in the face of inflation, but the group confirmed its outlook for the year.

    The company said sales fell 0.6 per cent in terms of volume in the January-to-September period from a year earlier.

    Revenue reached 68.8 billion Swiss francs (£63.08bn) – 0.4 per cent lower than the same period last year due to the strength of the Swiss currency.

    But its organic sales growth – which excludes currency fluctuations and acquisitions – rose 7.8 percent as the company raised prices.

    “Growth was driven by pricing as we continued to navigate historic inflation levels,” Nestle chief executive Mark Schneider said in an earnings statement.

    The recovery of sales volume was “underway”, he added.

    Consumer goods companies have raised prices across the world as inflation has remained elevated despite interest rate hikes by central banks.

    Nestle has slowed its prices increases as they reached 8.4 per cent over the nine-month period after rising by 9.5 per cent in the first six months of the year.

    The company confirmed its outlook for 2023, with organic sales growth between seven and eight percent.

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