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ARE YOU CHEERED BY UNILEVER'S RETURN TO GROWTH?

<strong>GRAHAM JONES</strong> PANMURE GORDON<br />"Unilever certainly deserves credit for restor-ing volume growth more strongly than we had expected, with two per cent growth in the second quarter after a fall. While we are trimming our sterling profit forecasts by four to five per cent to reflect recent sterling strength, we are raising our price target to 1,580p." <br /><br /><strong>KEITH BOWMAN</strong> HARGREAVES LANSDOWN<br />"It would appear that the group&rsquo;s newly acquired taste for bringing in fresh external management is proving rewarding and whilst Unilever still has a long way to go in acquiring the status which fellow consumer goods group Reckitt Benckiser has achieved, today&rsquo;s results mark a another step in the right direction."<br /><br /><strong>MARTIN DEBOO</strong> INVESTEC<br />"Unilever&rsquo;s second quarter has beaten consensus in terms of the quantity and quality of top line growth and for us represents a strong quarter. Volume growth has returned to the business (notably in Europe, albeit at cost to margin) and striking progress has been made on working capital."