Danone Raises Sales Goal As Third Quarter Beats Forecasts

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Danone Raises Sales Goal As Third Quarter Beats Forecasts

French food group Danone has raised its 2023 revenue growth forecast after its third-quarter sales beat analysts' estimates, as higher prices helped offset lower volumes.

The consumer goods giant, whose brands include Evian and Badoit water and Activia yoghurt, said it now expected like-for-like sales growth to reach 6% to 7% this year, compared with a previous forecast of 4% to 6%.

Future Confidence

"We continue to view our future with confidence, despite a challenging environment," chief executive Antoine de Saint-Affrique said in a statement.

The world's largest yoghurt maker kept its guidance for a moderate improvement in recurring operating margin this year, from 12.2% last year.

Third-Quarter Performance

Danone posted a 6.2% rise in third quarter like-for-like sales, to €6.906 billion, above analysts' expectations for a 4.7% rise in a poll compiled by the company.


All of Danone's businesses contributed to growth, with the transformation of the Essential Dairy and Plant-based products business in Europe starting to deliver results, giving the company confidence for the next quarters, it said.

Overall, Danone increased its prices by 6.6% during the quarter, while sales volume declined 0.3%, a sequential improvement led by Essential Dairy and Plant-based.

Price Increases

Danone, like its rivals Nestlé and Unilever, has increased prices to cope with higher commodities and supply chain costs.

Investors and analysts have, however, raised concerns that companies are pushing price rises too far, amid a cost of living crisis that is seeing retailers' private label brands stealing market share.


Last week, Nestlé posted lower-than-expected nine-month sales growth, as higher product prices made shoppers balk.

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