General Mills Posts 6% Sales Gain For Fiscal Year

  • June 29, 2007
General Mills beat back increases in raw materials to post a 7% net sales hike to $3.1 billion for the fourth quarter, and a 6% increase to $12.4 billion for the 2007 fiscal year.

In reporting its results Thursday, the nation's No. 2 breakfast cereal maker credited a 16% increase in fourth-quarter marketing and advertising with helping to sustain its brands' growth.

In the U.S. retail segment, which grew 4% to nearly $8.5 billion, sales for the snacks division increased 10% and passed the $1 billion mark for the first time. They were led by grain snacks such as Nature Valley granola bars and new Fiber One bars. Yoplait, up 6% in sales, was led by its light varieties, Go-gurt and Yoplait Kids.

Net sales for the meals division grew 5%, reflecting strong growth of Progresso ready-to-serve soups and Hamburger Helper mixes. Net sales for Pillsbury USA and the baking products division each grew 3%.

Big G cereals posted a 2% sales increase, with strong performance from the market-leading Cheerios franchise and new cereals introduced during the year.



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