Danone has recorded like-for-like sales growth of 8.9% in second-quarter results.

The group also reported group sales up 9% at E7.217bn on net profit up from E346m last year to E704m.

It added that it now expected full-year like-for-like sales growth of 7-8%, up from initial forecasts of 5-7%.

“We are confident in the group's ability to continue to grow at a similar rate in 2006,” said Franck Riboud, chairman and CEO of Danone.