Imperial Leather maker PZ Cussons said sales of its top brands were proving “resilient” in the UK, despite continued pressure from commodities costs and the tough retail environment.

In its latest trading statement, which covers the period from 26 January to 13 April, the company said premium brands including The Sanctuary and St Tropez were performing strongly in Europe.

Its new UK beauty division – whose creation was announced in February to support the growth of St Tropez – would be in place by 1 June. PZ Cussons bought the self-tan brand last September in a deal worth £62.5m.

A further trading update will be issued on 9 June.

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