Procter & Gamble has reported a 10% hike in net sales growth over the final three months of its financial year.
Profits at the Fairy, Pampers and Gillette owner were up 15% for the quarter.
Sales for the year as a whole up 5% to $82.6bn (£50.71bn), with volumes up 6%, boosted by new products including the Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor, which debuted in the UK this January.
Across the year, commodity cost hikes had contributed to a 1.2 percentage point drop in gross margins, P&G said, although this was partially offset by manufacturing cost savings.
The company’s spend on advertising was up $700m year-on-year to $9.3bn, or 11.3% of net sales.
“We are pleased with the strong top and bottom-line performance in the quarter,” said chairman and chief executive Bob McDonald. “We delivered sales growth of 5% and earnings per share growth of 18% in a challenging environment.”
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