After a successful first quarter, household, hygiene and pharmacy brands company Reckitt Benckiser said it expects to meet its target of 18% profit growth for 2001. Commenting on the results, CEO Bart Becht said: "Reckitt Benckiser made a strong start to 2001 building on the momentum established in 2000 behind the company's new growth strategy. This good performance give us increasing confidence in our targets for the full year." He unveiled plans for the second quarter including the roll out of Mr Sheen furniture care to eastern Europe, and the launch of furniture wipes and glass cleaning wipes in Europe and North America. For the international operation, with brands such as Bonjela and Brasso in its stable, it is predicted sales growth will be in the range of 7-8% like for like in quarter one when figures are finalised. Profits are expected to be above the 18% full year target in quarter one. The success was attributed to new product launches, and higher investment in international marketing campaigns. {{NEWS }}