This excerpt taken from the GIS 10-K filed Jul 26, 2007.
Components of U.S. Retail Change in Net Sales
In fiscal 2007, net sales for our U.S. Retail operations were $8.5 billion, up 4 percent from fiscal 2006. This growth in net sales was the result of a 4 percentage point increase in unit volume, led by strong growth in our grain snacks business, as well as volume increases in our Yoplait, Meals, and Pillsbury USA divisions. The unit volume increase was largely driven by higher levels of consumer marketing spending and new product innovation, resulting in higher sales to key customers.
Net sales for this segment totaled $8.1 billion in fiscal 2006 and $7.9 billion in fiscal 2005. Unit volume increased 2 points in fiscal 2006 versus fiscal 2005, led by strong growth in our Yoplait business and volume increases in our Meals, Baking Products and Snacks divisions. Favorable trade and coupon spending also contributed 1 point to the fiscal 2006 increase in net sales, as the rate of promotional activity decreased on a year-over-year basis, largely the result of narrowing price gaps between our products and competitors products in several heavily promoted categories.
All of our U.S. Retail divisions experienced net sales growth in fiscal 2007 as shown in the tables below: