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    August 9, 2013

    Cadbury India: A new factory, and this time it's for real

    Cadbury India, part of the $35bn Mondelez International group, is setting up its biggest plant in the Asia Pacific region....

  2. July 28, 2013

    Procter & Gamble: Time to freshen up

    Nick Mangold, a burly American footballer, eases his 6ft 4in frame into a barber’s chair and lets the Gillette whisker...

  3. July 25, 2013

    Unilever: suds law

    The competition among the global consumer goods companies plays out over years, not quarters. Judging by stock performance...

  4. July 5, 2013

    Investing for a rapidly changing world

    The news on the population front often could not appear more grim – longer working lives, less spending and more saving,...

  5. May 24, 2013

    P&G gambles on A.G. delivering the goods

    In the months that Bob McDonald was under fire from critics, he never entirely accepted the premise of their complaints...

  6. May 20, 2013

    Brand power: Diversity is the name of the game

    L’Oreál When L’Oreál launched its sixth global innovation centre in Mumbai in January, the backgrounds of the staff made...

  7. April 30, 2013

    Unilever to pay up to $5.4bn for greater control over India unit

    Unilever plans to spend as much as $5.4bn to buy a further slice of Hindustan Unilever , marking the latest swoop by a...

  8. April 26, 2013

    Effort to turn the tide as P&G loses lustre

    For much of its 175-year history, Procter & Gamble has been the gold standard in consumer products, an overachiever that...

  9. April 25, 2013

    Colgate takes pasting after currency devaluation

    The devaluation of Venezuela’s currency forced Colgate-Palmolive to take a profit-sapping charge, but investors welcomed...

  10. February 14, 2013

    Caracas warns businesses on price rises

    Venezuela’s government has warned that it will crack down on businesses that raise prices and has pledged that the...

  11. beyondbrics

    February 12, 2013

    London headlines

    * Fears of fresh N Korean nuclear test * Russia eyes lifting grain import duties * Kenya holds its first presidential debate...

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    February 11, 2013

    Even multilatinas get the Venezuelan devaluation blues

    What do a Mexico tortilla maker and a Chilean wood panel manufacturer have in common with Colgate-Palmolive and Telefonica?...

  13. February 11, 2013

    Companies hit by Venezuela move

    Colgate-Palmolive, the toothpaste and soap maker, will suffer a one-off $120m loss as a result of Venezuela’s currency...

  14. February 10, 2013

    Venezuelan devaluation sparks panic

    Panic buyers thronged Venezuelan shops over the carnival weekend after the government of Hugo Chávez announced a surprise...

  15. February 8, 2013

    Venezuela devalues bolívar by 32%

    Venezuela’s government devalued its currency by 32 per cent, in a bid to alleviate a growing fiscal deficit and shortages of...

  16. beyondbrics

    February 8, 2013

    [snap]: Venezuela devaluates currency

    It’s finally happened. Venezuela’s government announced Friday that is devaluing the country’s currency. Officials said the...

  17. January 31, 2013

    Colgate-Palmolive: clean pair of heels

    Colgate-Palmolive is, to oversimplify only slightly, a better company than Procter & Gamble. Colgate’s organic sales growth...

  18. January 31, 2013

    P&G chief reassesses his priorities

    For much of his three-and-a-half years as Procter & Gamble’s chief executive, Bob McDonald has talked in messianic terms...

  19. January 25, 2013

    Procter & Gamble meets suds law

    There must be a strong temptation not to bother. Put yourself in the shoes of a long-term Procter & Gamble investor (if you...

  20. October 26, 2012

    Unilever loses two more top executives

    Unilever has suffered a spate of defections, culminating in the departure of two of the consumer goods company’s top 100...

  21. October 25, 2012

    Unilever / P&G – picky market

    Ariel or Surf? Flash or Cif? When times are tough, shoppers get picky and an extra penny, cent or yuan here or there makes...

  22. October 25, 2012

    P&G chief stands by turnround plan

    Procter & Gamble’s embattled chief executive Bob McDonald sought to reassure investors that his plan to revive the consumer...

  23. October 15, 2012

    One Direction’s toothpaste

    Company: Colgate-Palmolive Territory: US Verdict: 4/5 The committed One Direction fan, of whom there are many – the boy band...

  24. beyondbrics

    October 11, 2012

    Colgate: not toasting Chavez's return

    How do you toast the victory of Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s socialist president, who last Sunday won another six-year term,...

  25. September 30, 2012

    Investors seek bigger bite of pet foods

    The $67bn market for cat and dog food is attracting more than just pets. Potential disposals also have investors salivating....

  26. July 26, 2012

    Consumer companies – growing pain

    After recent profit warnings from Procter & Gamble and Danone, investors had much to fear from this week’s earnings reports...

  27. July 26, 2012

    Europeans pay less for toothpaste and nappies

    Price cuts for toothpaste and nappies in Europe helped Colgate-Palmolive and Kimberly-Clark to sell more of their products...

  28. June 22, 2012

    P&G shares hit by credibility concerns

    Shares in Procter & Gamble were trading down 4.2 per cent on the week on Friday , the lowest level in 10 months, as...

  29. June 20, 2012

    P&G

    Procter & Gamble has gone straight from too few mea culpas to too many. After cutting sales and profit targets for the June...

  30. June 20, 2012

    P&G admits errors and slows expansion

    Procter & Gamble vowed to halt its expansion into new markets and focus on the biggest emerging economies as it cut earnings...

  31. June 3, 2012

    Cheap corporate debt: obey golden rules

    Watch the ball! Racquet back early! Bend those knees! Obey these golden rules and Wimbledon awaits you. There are...

  32. May 1, 2012

    Reckitt Benckiser: comfort zone

    Didn’t succumb to coughs and sneezes this winter? You and many others, according to Reckitt Benckiser, the consumer goods...

  33. April 27, 2012

    Letter from Lex: Pharmachines

    Drugs and machines do not usually mix well, but the results in the pharma and TMT sectors this week were far from...

  34. April 26, 2012

    US earnings

    They no longer grab the headlines like the Apples and Facebooks and Googles do. But there is something reassuring about the...

  35. March 20, 2012

    Companies fined for pet food price-fixing

    Nestlé, Mars and Colgate-Palmolive have engaged in restrictive practices over the sale of dry biscuits eaten by France’s 8m...

  36. March 1, 2012

    Global advertising

    Spring has sprung. Well, so says the advertising industry – and it might even be right. On Thursday, WPP boss Sir Martin...

  37. February 23, 2012

    P&G to slash 5,700 jobs and cut costs by $10bn

    Procter & Gamble, the world’s biggest consumer goods maker by sales, plans to cut 5,700 jobs and $10bn in costs over the...

  38. February 20, 2012

    US corporates shy to offer guidance

    US companies are more uncertain about the future than at any point since the financial crisis, with just one in five of the...

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