UPDATE 2-Unilever says global markets tough but sales beat expectations

jueves 15 de octubre de 2015 06:16 GYT

* Q3 underlying sales up 5.7 pct vs 3.9 pct consensus

* Barring one-off factors, Q3 sales would have risen 3.5-4 pct

* Unilever sees FY'15 sales at upper end of 2-4 pct range

* London-listed shares up 4.2 pct (Adds details, comments, share activity)

By Martinne Geller

LONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Consumer goods maker Unilever said it expects sluggish global markets will continue to weigh on performance with no let-up in sight, though a series of one-off benefits lifted third-quarter sales way past expectations.

The Anglo-Dutch maker of Knorr soup, Lipton tea and Dove soap, which generates a large part of its sales from emerging markets, said on Thursday that taken as a whole, it has seen no improvement in its markets.

"In fact, in a number of countries, the economic environment is getting worse, with the situation on the ground dominated by the effects of currency depreciation," said Graeme Pitkethly, two weeks into the job as chief financial officer.

CEO Paul Polman said in a statement there was "no immediate sign of getting help from an improving global economy."   Continuación...