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Dairy firm Arla first-half sales up on higher demand for home cooking

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COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Farmers’ cooperative Arla Foods, one of the world’s biggest dairy firms, said on Thursday first-half revenue rose 3% as higher demand for home-cooking more than offset lower sales to restaurants and catering firms.

Arla, owned by around 9,700 farmers in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Britain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium, said revenue stood at 5.4 billion euros (4.80 billion pounds) between January and June, compared with 5.2 billion euros last year.

Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; Editing by Mark Potter

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