Imperial Leather maker PZ Cussons has announced plans to expand into Nigeria with the construction of a palm oil refinery as part of a move into oils and spreads.

As part of a joint venture with Singapore-based Wilmar International, PZ Cussons intends to develop a range of branded products.

Construction of the refinery will be completed within two years.

PZ Cussons' share of the investment in the joint venture will be worth £17m over the next two years.

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