By  on January 21, 2014

LONDON — Year-end net profit at Unilever plc, parent of brands including Dove, Pond’s and Toni & Guy, climbed 8.8 percent to 5.26 billion euros, or $7 billion, in the year to Dec. 31, 2013, boosted by disposals and underlying sales growth.

Sales were down 2.9 percent to 49.8 billion euros, or $66.23 billion, dented by unfavorable currency fluctuations. Underlying growth in the period was up 4.3 percent.

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