SOURCE: Unilever

July 11, 2005 02:01 ET


London/ Rotterdam -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 11, 2005 --

                           UNILEVER COMPLETES SALE OF

Unilever today announced the completion of the sale of its prestige fragrance business, Unilever Cosmetics International (UCI), to Coty Inc. Unilever has received USD800 million in cash, in line with the terms of the agreement announced on May 20, 2005, with the opportunity for further deferred payments contingent upon future sales.

The closing of the transaction in Austria will happen shortly upon receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals.

The sale of UCI is fully in line with Unilever's strategy to focus on its core categories.


July 11 2005

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About Unilever

Unilever, one of the world's largest consumer products companies, adds vitality to life by meeting the everyday needs for nutrition, hygiene and personal care. With a portfolio of great brands that make people feel good, look good and get more out of life, 150 million consumers around the world choose Unilever products everyday, including icons such as:

Knorr, Hellmann's, Lipton, Dove, Sure, Surf, Cif, Marmite, Pot Noodle.

Unilever has around 220,000 employees in approaching 100 countries and generated annual sales of EUR42 billion in 2004. For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit

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