Here’s Why Unilever Just Beat Sales Forecasts by Reuters @FortuneMagazine October 13, 2016, 2:39 AM EDT E-mail Tweet Facebook Linkedin Share icons Price increases helped Unilever report a smaller-than-expected slowdown in third-quarter sales on Thursday. The maker of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Dove soap reported underlying sales growth of 3.2% for the latest three months. Analysts on average expected growth of 2.9%, according to a company-supplied consensus, a slowdown from 4.7% in the first half of the year. The company in July said it was expecting full-year sales to grow 3-5%, with margins improving in the historical range of 0.3-0.4 percentage points, rather than the 0.5 points it delivered in the first half. For more on Unilever, watch Fortune’s video: It had flagged a worsening of performance, due to tougher comparisons with an unusually strong third quarter last year and deterioration of economic conditions in markets such as Brazil and Argentina.