THE HAGUE, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- The turnover of consumer goods giant Unilever decreased by 6.5 percent in the third quarter of 2013, compared to the same period last year, the Anglo-Dutch company reported Thursday.
Its turnover dropped to 12.5 billion euros (17.2 billion U.S. dollars), including a negative currency impact of 8.5 percent, Unilever said.
It reported a rise of sales with an underlying sales growth of 3.2 percent in the third quarter, but in the first six months it was 5 percent. Underlying sales in emerging markets, such as Asia, Latin America, went up by 5.9 percent. The underlying volume growth in the third quarter was 1.9 percent.
"Underlying sales growth of 4.4 percent over the first nine months is ahead of our markets," commented CEO Paul Polman in a press release. "Emerging markets continue to be the main driver of our growth and, despite the current slow-down, they remain a significant growth opportunity which the company is well-placed to capitalize on. We have not yet seen an improvement in market conditions in North America or Europe."
Personal Care continued to deliver volume-led growth in the quarter, just like Home Care, and Laundry and Household also showed rising figures. Refreshment showed disa ppointing results.