May 17, 2017 / 2:08 PM / 3 months ago

Hindustan Unilever profit up 6.2 percent, beats estimates

A pedestrian walks past the Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) headquarters in Mumbai January 19, 2015.Danish Siddiqui/Files

REUTERS - Hindustan Unilever Ltd, maker of products ranging from Lakmé cosmetics to BRU coffee, reported a 6.2 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by strong sales of its Pears and Dove products.

Net profit rose to 11.83 billion rupees ($184.57 million) in the quarter ended March 31, compared with 11.14 billion rupees a year earlier, the company said on Wednesday.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters estimated a profit of 10.80 billion rupees on average.

Revenue from the company's personal care segment, which houses brands such as Vaseline and Pond's, rose about 8 percent to 40.75 billion rupees.

($1 = 64.0950 rupees)

Reporting by Jessica Kuruthukulangara in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair

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