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  1. September 19, 2013

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  2. September 19, 2013

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  3. September 10, 2013

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  4. June 27, 2013

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  5. April 3, 2013

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    ConAgra, the US packaged foods company, reported a 57 per cent drop in third quarter net income as costs related to its...

  6. April 3, 2013

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    US stocks retreated from record levels on Wednesday as a worse-than-expected private sector jobs market report provided the...

  7. March 18, 2013

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  8. March 5, 2013

    Groups combine to create largest US miller

    Cargill, ConAgra Foods and CHS co-operative plan to form the biggest flour miller in North America as bad weather and low...

  9. February 15, 2013

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    At an annual gathering of executives and analysts in sun-soaked Boca Raton last year, William Johnson, head of Heinz,...

  10. December 20, 2012

    ConAgra profits up on strong consumer demand

    ConAgra, the US packaged foods company, raised its full-year outlook on Thursday as it reported better-than-expected...

  11. December 20, 2012

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  12. November 30, 2012

    Deal raises concerns about ConAgra

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  13. November 30, 2012

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  14. November 27, 2012

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    Turning down a fat takeover offer is, putting it as charitably as possible, risky. A board that waves away a premium of,...

  15. November 27, 2012

    Wall Street lower despite positive data

    ConAgra shares rose sharply after news that the US packaged food company bought private-label company Ralcorp for $5bn in an...

  16. November 27, 2012

    ConAgra to buy Ralcorp for $5bn

    ConAgra, the US packaged food company, acquired Ralcorp on Tuesday for $5bn, betting that recession-weary US consumers will...

  17. September 20, 2012

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    JC Penney shares tumbled 11.2 per cent to $25.83, making it the worst performer on the S&P 500 index on Thursday, as...

  18. June 21, 2012

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  20. May 8, 2012

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  21. March 7, 2012

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  23. December 20, 2011

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  24. September 21, 2011

    General Mills boosted by ‘resilient’ demand

    General Mills, the US food company, said it was seeing “resilient” consumer demand for its products as it reported a jump in...

  25. September 20, 2011

    Ralcorp / ConAgra: rich offer spurned

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  26. September 20, 2011

    ConAgra hit by surging raw material costs

    ConAgra, the US food company, warned on Tuesday that raw material costs were rising faster than it anticipated as it...

  27. September 19, 2011

    Ralcorp rejects ConAgra offer

    Ralcorp, the private label US food company, on Monday rejected the latest acquisition offer from ConAgra and said it would...

  28. September 18, 2011

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  30. August 14, 2011

    Ralcorp rejects third ConAgra proposal

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  31. July 15, 2011

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  32. June 29, 2011

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  33. June 23, 2011

    ConAgra says costs will hit profits

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  34. June 23, 2011

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  37. May 4, 2011

    ConAgra/Ralcorp: mouthwatering deal

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  38. May 4, 2011

    Energy leads further Wall Street retreat

    US indices retreated further from multiyear highs achieved last week after disappointing economic data, softer commodity...

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