Home appliance maker Electrolux has said that its profits increased by 19% in the third quarter, with sales growing in all markets expect Europe.

The Swedish company said net profit rose to 983 million kronor (€113.6m), from 826 million kronor (€95.45m) in the same quarter last year.

Total sales climbed 6% to 27.2 billion kronor (€3.12 billion).

Sales increased in North America, Latin America and Asia, but slumped in Western Europe.

The company's chief executive Keith McLoughlin attributed the "soft performance" in Europe to weak consumer confidence affecting demand in southern Europe, Benelux and Nordic countries.

The Stockholm-based company is one of the world's biggest makers of household appliances such as fridges, cookers and washing machines.

The company's chief executive Keith McLoughlin attributed the "soft performance" in Europe to weak consumer confidence affecting demand in southern Europe, Benelux and Nordic countries.

The Stockholm-based company is one of the world's biggest makers of household appliances such as fridges, cookers and washing machines.