Beiersdorf confirms 2013 profit target

FRANKFURT Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:12am EST

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FRANKFURT Jan 16 (Reuters) - Germany's Beiersdorf , the maker of Nivea skin care creams, reported a smaller than expected rise in 2013 sales on Thursday, but maintained its full-year profit target.

Beiersdorf reported 2013 sales of 6.141 billion euros ($8.35 billion), up 1.7 percent, unadjusted for currency effects.

Analysts had been expecting the company to report 2013 sales up 2.5 percent to 6.19 billion euros, according to a Reuters poll.

The company also said it was extending the contract of Chief Executive Stefan Heidenreich by five years to the end of 2019.

($1 = 0.7356 euros) (Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Maria Sheahan)

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