Kimberley-Clark the maker of Kleenex tissues and Huggies nappies said that first quarter operating profits were up 1.4% to $450.1m.

The company has increased prices to offset rising resin, fibre and distribution costs. The helped boost sales by 5.2% to $3.9bn.

Kimberley-Clark will raise US prices further on Huggies nappies, Pull-ups training pants, GoodNites youth pants and Little Swimmers swimpants in the third quarter.

This is a response to some private label manufacturers, which took prices up by 7% in January and Procter & Gamble, which is planning to raise prices by 4.6%.