Reckitt Benckiser profit beats forecasts

Reckitt Benckiser beat City forecasts with an 18 per cent rise in third-quarter profits.

The increase follows its takeover of Durex condom maker SSL.

The consumer goods company, whose brands include Cillit Bang-to-Nurofen, is expecting the acquisition to fuel s sdale surge.

Chief executive Bart Becht said: "For the business ex-RBP (pharmaceuticals), there is no change to our previously communicated full year targets."