* Food-maker's full-year 2009 organic growth at 4.1 pct
* Ahead of average forecast in Reuters poll of 3.9 pct
* Sees higher organic growth, EBIT margin increase in 2010
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VEVEY, Switzerland, Feb 19 Nestle NESN.VX, the
world's biggest food group, surpassed expectations with 4.1
percent organic growth for 2009, weathering the economic woes
better than its competitors.
Analysts had expected the Swiss company, whose brands
include Nescafe coffee, Gerber baby food and Perrier sparkling
water, to post 3.9 percent full-year organic growth.
Nestle's full-year sales for the full year were 108 billion
Swiss francs ($99.91 billion), also exceeding the average
forecast of 105.9 billion francs in a Reuters analyst poll.
"With organic growth of 4.1 percent acheived in last year's
challenging environment, we were able to grow substantially
faster than our industry," Chief Executive Officer Paul Bulcke
said in a statement. More details are expected to follow at a
press conference at 0900 GMT.