LONDON, April 25 Anglo-Dutch consumer goods
company Unilever reported underlying sales growth of
4.9 percent in the first quarter, undershooting market
estimates, as unusually cold spring weather in Europe hit
The maker of Dove soap, Omo detergent and Ben & Jerry's
ice-cream reported underlying sales growth of 4.9 percent for
the three months to end-March, compared to analysts' forecasts
of 5.6 percent, according to a company-supplied consensus.
Unilever, which has outpaced rivals by focussing on
high-growth regions like Latin America and Asia, said growth in
emerging markets was 10.4 percent.