The Nestlé Group's consolidated sales for 2001 amounted to SFr84.698bn (2000: 81.422bn), an increase of 4% over the preceding year.  Trading profit reached SFr9.218bn, resulting in a margin of 10.9% of sales. This is despite the effect of the trade spend initiative as well as the initial costs of the GLOBE project. EBITA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes and Amortization) improved to SFr9.713bn. Net profit was up 15.9% to SFr6.681bn, setting a new net margin record of 7.9%. Earnings per share increased by 15.7%, from SFr14.91 to SFr17.25.