Unilever to Buy Blueair, Swedish Maker of Air-Purifying Systems

  • Household appliances filter allergens, asthma triggers
  • Stockholm-based company had sales of $106 million last year

Unilever agreed to buy Blueair, a Swedish maker of household air purifiers used to remove allergens so asthma sufferers can breathe more easily.

The Stockholm-based company had sales of $106 million last year, Unilever said in a statement Tuesday, without disclosing the price. The company is one of the largest makers of premium air purifiers in China, the U.S., Japan, South Korea and India.

Unilever said the purchase will complement its water-purification business. The company has been relying on deodorants and hair-care products to prop up revenue this year as sales of its margarine and bread spreads lag.

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