Shares in UK-based Reckitt Benckiser and US-based Procter & Gamble (P&G) improved in Tuesday’s trading (20 Oct) as their quarterly earnings highlighted increased demand for household cleaning and laundry products.

Reckitt Benckiser, the owner of brands such as Dettol and Lysol, recorded a 13.3% increase in group quarterly sales on a likefor- like basis, led by its Hygiene and Health divisions, driven by strong demand for disinfectants.

Meanwhile, P&G recorded a 9% increase in net sales in the quarter, noting that organic sales in its Home Care segment increased more than 30% driven by increases in consumer demand for home cleaning products during the pandemic.

Following the positive results, Reckitt Benckiser moved its full-year 2020 net revenue growth outlook from ‘high single digits’ to ‘low double digits’. P&G, which operates on a fiscal year to the end of June, increased its all-in sales growth guidance from a range of 1-3% to a range of 3-4%, adding it expects to pay approximately $8bn in dividends for the 2021 fiscal year.