Sales of disinfectants and other cleaners declined 3% in the first half to $3.0 billion, as category growth remained challenging due to a “continued tough pricing environment in developed markets.”
The company noted that growth was broad-based across all the leading brands. Q2 saw double-digit growth in developing markets, and low single-digit growth in developed markets. In the US, Lysol was the main growth driver due to a seasonal benefit in Q1 and early success of a new daily cleanser and cleansing wipes. Finish and Air Wick saw good growth in the half following the successful launch of Quantum Ultimate Clean & Shine (Finish) and Essential Mist (Air Wick).