Western European food sales, other than ice cream, grew 4%. It reported sustained progress in sales of branded spreads and cooking products due to continuing innovation. European sales overall were 4% lower than last year, from Â£5.2bn to Â£5bn, due to disposals.
Global sales for Unilever in the third quarter fell 1% on the same period last year, from Â£13.3bn to E13.1bn. Sales for the nine-month period also fell 1%, from Â£39.1bn to Â£38.7bn. Pre-tax profit for the third quarter rose 33% to Â£1.3bn and by 19% to Â£3.7bn in the nine-month period.