According to the recently released  Pet Food Manufacturers Association  annual report on the  condition of the petfood industry  in the UK, sales showed a 7% increase in value for 2008.

Hill's Pet Nutrition  reported sales by unit volume were down 7% in its first quarter, but pricing increases led to sales increasing 0.5%, with particular volume growth in Russia, Germany, Turkey, the Benelux countries and Austria.

Also in the first quarter,  Nestle PetCare  saw 11.5% organic growth and 5% real internal growth.