The chief executive of consumer goods giant Unilever has told CNBC that global sales is slow as the company posted a higher-than-expected rise in first-half sales.
Underlying sales growth at the Anglo-Dutch group rose 2.9 percent, the company said - above analyst estimates of 2.6 percent. Net profit came in at 2.49 billion euros ($2.72 billion) over the period.
"Volume growth is now slow right now in the world. You saw the IMF (International Monetary Fund) lowering the overall global forecasts; we'll have to deal with that," CEO Paul Polman told CNBC Thursday.
"But as you can see these results are better than previous quarter and better than the quarter before, so I believe there is a movement in the right direction for the company."