Unilever beats estimates as emerging markets rebound

Consumer goods maker Unilever reported better-than-expected 2013 results on Tuesday, with an improved performance in emerging markets after currency devaluations earlier last year hurt demand.<br /><br />

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Unilever beats estimates as emerging markets rebound

Consumer goods maker Unilever reported better-than-expected 2013 results on Tuesday, with an improved performance in emerging markets after currency devaluations earlier last year hurt demand.

Unilever beats estimates as emerging markets rebound

Reuters

The Anglo-Dutch maker of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Lipton tea and Dove soap - which generates more than half its sales from developing and emerging markets - said core earnings were 1.58 euros per share, above analysts' average estimate of about 1.53 euros per share.

Turnover for the full year fell 3 percent, hit by foreign exchange rates and divestments. But underlying sales rose 4.3 percent, slightly ahead of analysts' expectations for a 4.2 percent gain.

In the fourth quarter, underlying sales rose 4.1 percent, fueled by 8.4 percent growth in emerging markets.

Chief Financial Officer Jean-Marc Huet cited contributions from equity stakes in other companies and a favorable tax rate in addition to growth.

Reuters

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