Unilever reports 2013 core EPS EUR 1.58 vs. EUR 1.53 a year ago Reports 2013 turnover down 3.0% to EUR 49.8B, with foreign exchange (5.9)% and net acquisitions & disposals (1.1)%. Reports 2013 underlying sales growth 4.3%, with volume 2.5% and price 1.8%. The company said, “2013 provides further evidence of the progress we are making in transforming Unilever into a sustainable growth company. We have delivered another year of consistent underlying sales growth and margin expansion coupled with strong cash flow. This has been achieved despite significant economic headwinds and highly competitive markets and reflects the benefits of strong margin accretive innovations and active cost management."
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