By Sabela Ojea


Unilever PLC reported Thursday a fall in net profit for 2020, missing market expectations for the year, but said it has begun 2021 in good shape and is confident it can adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

The multisector retailer, which owns consumer brands such as Ben & Jerry's ice cream and Dove soap, posted a net profit of 5.58 billion euros ($7.61 billion) compared with EUR5.63 billion for 2019.

Net profit was expected to rise to EUR7.01 billion, according to the company's compilation of consensus.

Turnover fell to EUR50.72 billion from EUR51.98 billion for the year-earlier period, mainly driven by a 5.4% hit linked to currency related items, it said.

The board has declared a fourth-quarter dividend of EUR0.4268 a share.

"We will deliver long term-value creation by continuing to evolve our portfolio and driving earnings growth, a strong cash flow and a growing dividend," the company said.


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February 04, 2021 02:33 ET (07:33 GMT)

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