Reckitt Benckiser reported a 4% rise in like-for-like sales in its first-quarter trading update.

The company picked out its Dettol, Harpic and Finish brands as strong performers in household, while Durex also showed robust growth.

But the company was forced to rely on emerging markets for the improvement, as sales in Europe and North America slipped by 1% on a like-for-like basis. By contrast, sales in its Latin American and Pacific division soared by 11% over the period.

Total sales were up 3% to £2.36bn.

The results are Reckitt’s first since its reorganisation into three new divisions, designed to increase its exposure to emerging markets. The combined European and North American division still accounts for 55% of group revenues.

Chief executive Rakesh Kapoor (pictured) said the latest results were “on track and in line with our ongoing expectations”.