P&G selling its soap brands Camay and Zest to Unilever Plc

Procter & Gamble Co (P&G) announced it will be selling its soap brands Camay and Zest to Unilever Plc.

P&G said that the sale, for an undisclosed amount, includes the Camay brand worldwide and the Zest brand outside of North America and the Caribbean. The sale also includes the Cincinnati-based company’s Talisman facility in Mexico (which has approximately 170 employees).

The deal is expected to be complete in the first half of next year, according to P&G.

The sale will allow P&G to focus on its other faster-growing brands. Earlier this year the company said it plans on selling off 80 to 100 of its slow-growing brands in order to focus more on 80 brands that generate most of its revenue.

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It recently sold its Duracell battery business to Berkshire Hathaway Inc in November, in addition to selling off its pet-food units in multibillion-dollar deals.

According to Reuters, the company is also planning to sell its Wella hair care unit.

P&G shares increased by 0.2 percent, up to $92.27 just after midnight in New York. Its shares have gained 13 percent this year through last week, according to BusinessWeek.

Unilever, the Anglo–Dutch multinational consumer goods company co-headquartered in London and Rotterdam, gained 0.9 percent to 32.37 euros today in Amsterdam.