CEO Alan Jope stated the Anglo-Dutch firm had”unlocked new levels of agility in reacting to unprecedented changes in demand”
The organization’s shares jumped more than 8 percent over the news.
Unilever’s results give a picture of how customer behavior was changed by the international outbreak – shoppers bought food and beverage to eat at home instead of visiting restaurants and washed their houses along with hands more while paying less on personal grooming.
“Lockdowns within our markets and decreased personal care events amidst limited dwelling, led to reduced demand for skincare, deodorants and hair maintenance, which every saw quantity and cost decrease,” the firm said.
E-commerce climbed 49 percent in the first half of this year since lockdowns and dread of the virus forced folks to stay home and shop online.
The second-quarter underlying earnings increase edged down 0.3percent while earnings fell 3.1percent in comparison with the second quarter in 2019 to 13.3 billion euros ($15.4 billion).
The business noted that sales of meals, ice cream, and tea increased as individuals spent more time in the home. The reverse side was “customers had fewer personal care events from going to work or interacting, and we found a drop in our healthcare industry, except for hygiene solutions.”
The importance of cleanliness in combating the coronavirus led to a greater need for home and hand sanitizing products.
“Consumers cleaning and eating more at home, and focusing more on hand hygiene, directed to underlying sales growth in North America of 9.5percent in the second quarter, despite a negative effect of 3.7percent from meal alternatives and Prestige station closures,” the firm said.
After a review established in January, Unilever said it will keep its own tea companies in India and Indonesia and different the organization’s residual tea operations into a new business enterprise.