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The British-Dutch multinational corporation Unilever PLC/Unilever N.V. from London and Rotterdam has released its financial results for the first half of 2011. Turnover for the first half was up 4.1% to EUR 22.8bn. Underlying sales growth (calculated by excluding the effect of acquisitions, disposals and currency movements) was 5.7% in the first half, comprising volume growth 2.2% and price growth 3.5%. Underlying volume growth was 2.2% in the first half. However, the company had to endure the negative impact from foreign exchange of 1.6%. The category of Savoury, Dressings & Spreads contributed EUR 6.8bn to the turnover, growing in both volume and price helped by a strong performance in the emerging markets. Additionally, volumes recovered in Spreads as markets stabilized at higher price levels. Flora Pro.Activ Buttery is performing ahead of expectations and liquid margarines continue to do well. Rama Irresistible has achieved target distribution and advertising has commenced. The second food category IceCream & Beverages delivered a strong performance with a turnover of EUR 4.7bn in the first half of 2011 driven by the launch of Magnum in the United States and Indonesia, good weather in northern Europe, successful innovations such as Breyer’s Blast in the US and Max in Europe and strong market development activities. Ben & Jerry’s did well globally. Café Zero has been launched in Spain, Greece and Benelux following success in Italy. For further information: www.unilever.com.