Sales in North America were even with year-ago levels. Net selling prices rose 2%, driven by improved revenue realization for Huggies diapers, while overall sales volumes decreased 2%. Adult care volumes advanced low-single digits, including benefits from the introduction of the Poise feminine wellness line-up. Sales increased 2% in K-C International, despite a 9-point drag from changes in currency rates. Sales volumes were up 9%, with high-single digit to low-double digit growth in each major region—Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East/Eastern Europe/Africa. Volume performance was strong in a number of markets, including Brazil, China, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and Venezuela. Overall net-selling prices improved 2% compared to the year-ago period, driven by increases in Latin America.
Sales in Europe decreased 2%, including an unfavorable currency impact of 11%. Sales volumes rose 9%, mostly due to growth in non-branded offerings and Huggies baby wipes. In announcing the results, K-C also revealed a plan to exit the baby diaper market in much of Western and Eastern Europe.