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Unilever Sales Beat Analyst Estimates From Ice-Cream Boost

Unilever, the maker of Dove soap and Hellmann’s mayonnaise, boosted its full-year sales forecast after reporting third-quarter sales growth that beat estimates on improved results in emerging markets and a strong performance from its ice-cream business.

Underlying revenue increased 5.7 percent, London and Rotterdam-based Unilever said Thursday, the best growth in almost three years and well above the 4 percent median analyst estimate. Growth accelerated from the second quarter’s 2.9 percent, boosted by the hottest European summer on record. It now expects full-year sales “towards the upper end” of a 2 percent to 4 percent...