Unilever sales growth at 5-year low

Sharp slowdown in China adds to Europe woes

Weak Gucci sales hold back Kering growth

Analysts sceptical about French luxury group’s upbeat remarks

Unilever: blame Europe

Is the decline in growth at consumer goods maker purely cyclical?

Luxottica picks P&G man for co-CEO post

Mehboob-Khan to run Italian company alongside insider Vian

Total tobacco volume worldwide fell 1 per cent in the nine months to September 30

BAT volumes down as smokers cut back

Rival cigarettes groups battle for market share

Euan Sutherland and Julian Dunkerton

SuperGroup founder Dunkerton steps down

Former Co-op Group chief Euan Sutherland takes helm

Electrolux expresses concern on Europe

Consumer demand weaker than what appliance maker had anticipated

Versace maintains growth rate in China

Fashion house develops organically as it side steps crackdown

Kao: beauty and the beholder

Japanese beauty company has had a makeover but shareholders may not like the next stage

A Jibo home robot

Internet of things transforms elderly care

Start-ups see huge future for robots and sensors in digital homes

Russia and China weakness hits Philips

Dutch conglomerate falls to €103m net loss in the third quarter

Electrolux cleans up from currencies

Improved profitability in Europe aided by cost-cutting measures

Week in Review, October 18

UBS, EDF, Abbvie and Shire, and luxury groups featured

Travis Perkins builds on sales

Builder’s merchant sees heating supplies hit by mild weather

Singapore fund buys 4.6% of Jimmy Choo

Shoemaker’s shares gain on London debut

Burberry and Mulberry fuel luxury woes

Brands feel the effects of slowing demand from Chinese shoppers

Luxottica making a spectacle of itself

Founder looks to regain investor confidence after chief departs

FSB’s collateral rule for shadow banks

Watchdog wants borrowers to put up plenty of collateral

Amazon to add 1,000 UK distribution jobs

Internet retailer already employs 6,000 people at its hubs

Luxottica loses second CEO in 2 months

Enrico Cavatorta to leave eyewear company after just 40 days in role


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