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Hygiene and safety helps clean up in sales

Dettol and condoms have helped their makers see a major rise in sales during the last quarter.

Reckitt Benckiser said sales of hygiene products during the coronavirus pandemic were key to a 9.5 per cent rise in revenue from July to September to £3.5billion.

Like-for-like sales in the companies hygiene business, which also includes Cillit Bang, with Dettol products up more than 50 per cent across sprays, wipes and liquids.

And the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions helped a 12.6 per cent increase in the health division, which includes Durex condoms which had seen sales fall during European lockdowns earlier in the year.

A company statement said: "Following a more challenging first half of the year, relaxations of social distancing regulations resulted in improved demand for our sexual well-being products, including Durex, which saw double digit growth in revenue.

"This has been particularly pronounced in markets where the rate of pandemic infection has materially improved."

The company said it was on track to deliver revenue growth for the full year.

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