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How Unilever Has Fared During 2012

Jill Ralph
November 15, 2012

LONDON -- Unilever (LSE: ULVR.L  ) (NYSE: UL  ) , the world's third-largest consumer-goods group after Nestle and Procter & Gamble, has gained 8% to 2,341 pence so far during 2012, making the share one of the year's steadier performers within the FTSE 100. During the same time, the blue-chip index has gained about 4%.

Unilever, which counts Lipton, Sunsilk, and Lux among its biggest brands, kicked off the year with strong 2011 results.

In February, the group reported full-year highlights including annual sales up 5% to 46.5 billion euros, underlying sales growth of 7% (led in large part by emerging markets), and core earnings per share up 4% to 1.41 euros.

In April, after the group closed out its first quarter of 2012, its momentum appeared to continue. Unilever re