LONDON — Unilever, the maker of Dove, Vaseline and Lux, saw third-quarter sales rise 4.9 percent to 12.12 billion euros, or $16.6 billion.
The company said stripping out the negative impact of currency fluctuations and disposals, sales would have risen 7.8 percent in the three months to Sept. 30.
All figures have been converted at average exchange rates for the three-month period.
Unilever reported strong growth across all divisions, and in particular personal care, which is the largest single product category. Revenue in that division rose 11.3 percent. Emerging markets also showed vigorous growth.
“Growth was strong across all categories and helped by technology-based innovation, now routinely rolled out quickly to multiple markets,” said Paul Polman, Unilever’s chief executive officer.
“We also continue to strengthen the portfolio through bolt-on acquisitions. The integration of Sara Lee and Alberto Culver has progressed well, and we are beginning to leverage some of these brands into new markets — for example, TRESemmé is already being launched in Brazil.”
Polman added that the recently announced acquisition of Concern Kalina, the personal care company in Russia, would significantly strengthen the company’s business in that region.
Dave Lewis, president, personal care, Unilever, told WWD that among the key drivers behind growth in the personal care division were male grooming brands such as Axe Excite, Dove Men + Care and Vaseline for Men.
“From São Paulo to Shanghai, we’re finding that men around the world are putting increasing value in their personal appearance,” he said.