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Nestlé​ struck a more optimistic note than peers on Thursday, forecasting 2-3% underlying sales growth this year as demand for high-end pet food and health products helped it eke out growth in the second quarter.

Rivals Danone and Unilever posted a fall in quarterly sales and gave no outlook for the year because of the novel coronavirus.

The world’s largest food manufacturer’s previous guidance for 2020 sales growth “above 3.5%...