During its H1 2002, Swiss food giant Nestlé saw consolidated sales increase 7.2% to CHF44219m. EBITA went up 13.5%, resulting in a profit margin improvement of 60 basis points to 11.7%. Net profit for that period grew strongly to CHF5656m, an increase of 79%, reflecting mainly the one-off effect of the Alcon IPO and other disposals. This results in a net margin of 12.8%, as compared to 7.6% in January-June 2001. For the same reason, earnings per share (EPS) rose to CHF 14.57.