- Strong A+ balance sheet allowed for issuance of USD 1.5 billion and GBP 0.35 billion of bonds at very competitive rates.
Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer: "First quarter results were solid given today's trading environment, with growth of 4.8% and underlying margins maintained, before dilution from disposals. We have made good progress implementing plans to reignite volume growth, building on existing strengths and correcting competitive gaps. We will further step up innovation and brand support from the second quarter and expect this to drive an improved volume performance. This will be achieved while protecting cash and margins for the year."