By  on April 18, 2019

LONDON — Skin care, prestige products and new acquisitions boosted underlying sales in Unilever’s beauty division 3.1 percent to 5.2 billion euros in the first quarter, the Anglo-Dutch consumer giant and parent of brands including Dove, Vaseline and Ponds said in a trading update Thursday.

Overall sales grew 3.1 percent to 12.4 billion euros on in the three months to March 31. On a reported basis, year-on-year sales dipped 1.6 percent due to Unilever’s disposal of its spreads business to KKR last July. Beauty was the largest division, by turnover, in the quarter, followed by foods and refreshment, and home care.

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