By  on February 6, 2009

LONDON — Boosted by divestitures, Unilever reported its profits rose 51 percent to 1.19 billion euros, or $1.57 billion at average exchange, in the fourth quarter and by 28 percent to 5.29 billion euros, or $7.78 billion, for full-year 2008.

The company reported sales increases of 3 percent to 10.15 billion euros, or $13.39 billion at average exchange, in the fourth quarter and 1 percent to 40.52 billion euros, or $59.62 billion, for the full year. Revenues rose 4 percent and 6 percent at constant exchange, respectively. The firm’s personal care category, which includes Dove, Sunsilk and Axe/Lynx, reported that underlying sales grew 6.6 percent to 11.38 billion euros, or $16.75 billion, in 2008.

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