UK's PZ Cussons said today that its first-quarter revenue jumped 23% due to a spike in demand for soaps and hand sanitisers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

But the company warned that the health crisis could hamper sales in its beauty business. 

PZ Cussons said it expects volatility and risk brought on by the global health crisis to continue despite the recovery it has witnessed, adding that it was preparing for a multi-year turnaround of the business. 

Full-year profit slumped by 14% as sales of fake tan brand St Tropez, namechecked by reality TV star Kim Kardashian, were hit hard due to coronavirus-led curbs in the US, Britain and Europe. 

Cussons also makes Imperial Leather soap and Carex handwash.

It said its adjusted profit before tax from continuing operations fell to £62m for the year ended May 31, from £72.3m a year ago.