Nivea maker Beiersdorf ups outlook on emerging markets

FRANKFURT Thu Aug 2, 2012 2:18am EDT

FRANKFURT Aug 2 (Reuters) - Germany's Beiersdorf, the maker of Nivea skin care products, increased its outlook for 2012 profits as emerging markets made up for a 4 percent fall in sales at its main consumer products division in western Europe.

Beiersdorf, which also makes Labello lip balm and La Prairie luxury skin creams, said on Thursday first-half sales rose 2.6 percent to 3.06 billion euros ($3.76 billion) and adjusted earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) rose 11.6 percent to 390 million.

It said it expected sales to rise by 3 percent in 2012 and forecast an operating margin of 12 percent, compared with a previous range of between 11 and 12 percent.

Local rival Henkel on Wednesday said it was countering a slump in southern Europe with price rises and cost cuts, and that emerging markets were performing well, echoing comments from Unilever.