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Unilever blames poor weather for slowing growth

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LONDON (Reuters) – Consumer goods maker Unilever <ULVR.L> <UNc.AS> reported a 2.6 percent rise in underlying third-quarter sales on Thursday, blaming poor weather in Europe and natural disasters in the Americas. That was down from 3 percent growth in the first half of the year. The maker of Dove soap and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, which in February rebuffed a $143 billion takeover bid from Kraft-Heinz <KHC.O>, said turnover fell by 1.6 percent, hurt by a 5.1 percent hit from foreign exchange rates. The company stood by its full-year forecast for sales growth of 3 to 5 percent.

(Reporting by Martinne Geller; editing by Jason Neely)
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