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FRANKFURT Aug 2 Unilever
would need to cut more jobs in Europe if real income levels
among consumers fall, weighing on demand for brand-name items,
Chief Executive Paul Polman was quoted as saying in an interview
"If markets such as those in Europe don't grow any more
because people have less real income available, we still must
find a way to make our product lines available," Polman was
quoted as saying in the summary of an interview to appear in the
Monday edition of Germany's WirtschaftsWoche magazine.
"And that means that we need to cut costs now and also close
factories if the need is no longer there," he was quoted as
A Unilever spokesperson played down the report, pointing to
the company's quarterly results unveiled on July 24, which did
not include any new savings programmes at the group.
"We have not announced any further cost savings," he said.
A slowdown in emerging markets and declining prices in
developed markets weighed on sales growth at the Anglo-Dutch
maker of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Dove soap and Lipton tea
in the second quarter.
(Reporting by Thomas Atkins; Editing by Stephen Powell)