Consumer products maker Procter & Gamble Co. said Wednesday that its first quarter revenue rose nearly 2 percent, to $20.1 billion, behind more sales volume globally. Some highlights from P&G's sales report:
BEAUTY: Volumes up double digits in emerging markets, with strong growth for Pantene and Head & Shoulders shampoos. Olay skin cream, Venus shavers, and Safeguard hand soap also up. Higher-priced salon and prestige brands down overall, although SK-II cosmetics did well.
ORAL CARE: Volumes up double digits in emerging markets and low single digits in developed countries, with new Crest Pro-Health Clinical line faring well in North America and Oral-B toothpaste expanding into Brazil, Belgium and Holland.
PET CARE: Net sales and volume fell for the P&G pet care lines that include Iams and Eukanuba foods, with results worsened by costs of voluntary product recalls and restructuring of the supply chain.
PRINGLES: The last of P&G's major food brands had volume growth in the high single digits, expanding into emerging markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as Latin America. Pringles' new Multigrain and "Xtreme" chips helped U.S. and western Europe volumes.