Belfast Telegraph

Cool start to summer hits sales of ices

By Simon Neville

The Magnum, Carte d'or and Ben & Jerry's owner has admitted ice cream sales took a hit in spring and early summer this year due to the cooler weather.

Unilever, which also owns brands including Hellmans and Dove, said the previous two summers had started positively, but this year - particularly in May - the weather had been far too cool.

Chief financial officer Graeme Pitkethly said: "There were a number of swings and roundabouts. It seems ironic with record temperatures (today) but during the period it was quite negative with strong early summers before."

It comes as the business revealed that total sales in the six months to June 30 rose 3.2% to €26.1bn (£23.3bn) with pre-tax profits up 0.6% to €4.4bn (£3.9bn).

Elsewhere, the company said it had a strong six months in emerging markets, but was weaker in more established areas.

Belfast Telegraph