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Nestle Cuts Sales Growth Target as Profits Fall


Nestle has announced it will steepen its cost-cutting plan after unveiling disappointing results.

The KitKat maker’s net profit for 2016 fell to 8.5 billion Swiss francs from 9.1 billion a year earlier.

Analysts had expected 9.59 billion francs’ worth of profit.

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Sluggish food inflation in most of its markets and easing demand in emerging markets saw sales growth slow to 3.2% from 4.2% in 2015.

Nestle has cut its sales growth target to between 2% and 4% for 2017, scrapping its prior “Nestle model” of 5-6% so-called organic growth, which excludes sales from companies it buys.

The company’s new CEO Mark Schneider, who took over the role in January, said: “Our 2016 organic growth was at the high end of the industry, but at the lower end of our expectations.”

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