Cheerios maker General Mills' sales miss estimates

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A box of Cheerios breakfast cereal made by General Mills is shown in this illustration photograph taken in Encinitas, California, U.S. June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo (Copyright Reuters 2017)

Food maker General Mills Inc reported a bigger-than-expected 5.2 percent fall in quarterly sales on Tuesday, hurt by weak sales of yogurt and baking products in the United States, its biggest market.

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The maker of Cheerios breakfast cereal said net sales slipped to $3.79 billion in the third quarter ended Feb. 26, from $4 billion a year earlier, marking the seventh straight quarterly decline.

Analysts on average had expected revenue of about $3.8 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Net income attributable to General Mills fell to $357.8 million or 61 cents per share, from $361.7 million or 59 cents per share, a year earlier.

(Reporting by Richa Naidu and Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar)