Pot Noodle owner boosts half-year profits to £4.1bn
Marmite and Pot Noodle-maker Unilever has boosted half-year sales and profits despite "volatile" market conditions.
The consumer goods giant said pre-tax profits climbed 27% to €4.6bn (£4.1bn) for the first half of 2017, up from $3.6bn (£3.2bn) the year before.
Underlying sales growth rose 3% over the period, with sales - excluding its spreads business - expanding by 3.4%. The FTSE 100 firm said it was on track for another year of underlying sales growth at around 3% to 5%.
Chief executive Paul Polman said the market "remained challenging", but efforts to boost profitability were gathering pace.
He added: "Our first half results show continued growth well ahead of our markets and a substantial step-up in profitability despite the persisting volatile global trading environment.
"The transformation of Unilever into a more resilient, more competitive and more profitable business is accelerating."