THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Unilever, the consumer products giant whose brands include Ben & Jerry's ice cream, says a warm end to the summer helped push up sales by 9.4 percent to 13.4 billion euros ($15.3 billion) in the third quarter compared to the same period last year.
The company says that excluding exchange rate fluctuations, sales grew 5.7 percent.
Unilever didn't release profit figures in its third-quarter trading statement Thursday.
Chief Executive Officer Paul Polman says the growth "shows that our focus to build our company for the long term is paying off." However, he added that, "We continue to see soft global markets with no immediate sign of getting help from an improving global economy."
Investors welcomed the sales growth, sending Unilever stock up 4.7 percent to 39.29 euros ($44.98).