Unilever delivers sales surprise

Press Association

Price cuts in austerity-ridden European markets failed to derail Unilever after better-than-expected sales figures from the Hellmann's and Knorr maker.

Shares in the Anglo-Dutch company jumped 3% as it disclosed underlying sales growth of 5.9% for the quarter to September 30, driven by emerging markets and demand for its laundry and household cleaning products.