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Unilever May Post Fastest Annual Sales Growth of Polman’s Reign

Unilever may this year post the fastest growth of Chief Executive Officer Paul Polman’s tenure as the world’s second-largest consumer-products maker sells more in emerging markets and lifts prices on soaps and shampoos.

Underlying sales will probably increase 5.2 percent in 2011, according to the median estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Volume may account for 3.5 percentage points of the growth, with the rest coming from higher prices as the maker of Knorr soup recoups higher costs for commodities. Unilever reports fourth-quarter and 2010 results tomorrow.