French diary products giant Danone has reported better-than-expected third-quarter sales and confirmed that the company is in talks to buy Russian dairy and juice firm Wimm-Bill-Dann.

Danone, which makes Dannon and Actimel yoghurts, reported 9.4% growth in organic sales, which strip out foreign exchange variations, disposals and acquisitions, for the third quarter, reported Reuters.

Third-quarter sales were €3.49bn (US$4.08bn), compared to €3.32bn a year earlier. Analysts had expected third-quarter turnover of €3.38bn.

The company said sales for the nine-month period to end-September fell 3.4% to €10.11bn, beating forecasts of €10.01bn.

Chief executive Franck Riboud confirmed that the French company is in talks to buy Wimm-Bill-Dann, but declined to comment on the stage of the negotiations.