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    6. April 24, 2012

      Hershey: doing fine without Cadbury

      Consoling parents may say things happen for a reason. The reality is that millions of interacting actions and reactions...

    7. April 24, 2012

      Price rises lift Hershey’s earnings

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      Wall St steady despite global worries

      US equities were mixed on Monday as fresh economic data out of China added to growing concerns that the world’s...

    9. February 1, 2012

      Hershey reports strong fourth-quarter results

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      Hostess files for bankruptcy

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      December 8, 2011

      Sweet deals in European bank deleveraging

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    12. November 8, 2011

      US corporate bond issuance rebounds from lows

      Companies have sold nearly $28bn of bonds in the US in the past two days, marking the best start to a week this year. Monday...

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      Groups wary of parting with their money

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    15. July 26, 2011

      Sweet result for Hershey as income triples

      Recession-weary US consumers appear to be turning to chocolate to soothe their economic worries. Although obesity concerns...

    16. May 18, 2011

      Hershey chief leaves for top Del Monte job

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    18. December 27, 2010

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    19. December 7, 2010

      Hershey targets UK and Europe

      Hershey, the US chocolate maker, is to start selling its Hershey’s Kisses and other confectionery in the UK and Europe as it...

    20. October 1, 2010

      Big Food eyes profits in smaller waistlines

      Nestlé milked maximum publicity from its creation this week of a health science business “to pioneer a new industry between...

    21. June 15, 2010

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    22. June 1, 2010

      Wall Street lower on mixed data

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    23. April 23, 2010

      Confectioners push cocoa near to 33-year peak

      Cocoa prices surged this week and approached their highest level for 33 years on the back of improving demand from the...

    24. March 12, 2010

      The inside story of the Cadbury takeover

      Todd Stitzer: “Cadbury lusted after being the largest chocolate company in the world” Todd Stitzer had been working for...

    25. January 26, 2010

      Ferrero rules out Cadbury counterbid

      Italy's Ferrero family said it would not make an offer for Cadbury, clearing the way for Kraft of the US to secure the UK...

    26. January 25, 2010

      Ferrero will not offer Cadbury a sweeter deal

      Another bite? Ferrero could now be more amenable to acquisitions Italy’s Ferrero family said on Monday it was not going to...

    27. January 23, 2010

      Grieve for Cadbury's lost independence, but move on

      That's right: let it all out. It's fine to grieve for Cadbury's loss of independence now that Hershey has withdrawn from...

    28. January 22, 2010

      Grieve for Cadbury’s lost independence, but move on

      That’s right: let it all out. It’s fine to grieve for Cadbury’s loss of independence now that Hershey has withdrawn from...

    29. January 22, 2010

      Hershey rules out Cadbury move as it paves way for Kraft to seal deal

      Hershey has decided not to bid for Cadbury, abandoning its hope of using the British confectioner as a path to global...

    30. January 22, 2010

      Hershey rules out counterbid for Cadbury

      Hershey has decided not to bid for Cadbury, abandoning its hope of using the British confectioner as a path to global...

    31. January 22, 2010

      Hershey to bow out of battle for Cadbury

      Hershey has decided not to mount a bid for Cadbury, abandoning its hope of using the British confectioner as a path to...

    32. January 21, 2010

      Hershey to bow out of battle for Cadbury

      Hershey has decided not to mount a bid for Cadbury, abandoning its hope of using the British confectioner as a path to...

    33. January 21, 2010

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      Why western businesses cannot bank on brand recognition alone

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    35. January 20, 2010

      Hershey

      Left alone on the dance floor, has Hershey avoided embarrassment or missed the opportunity of a lifetime? Kraft’s success in...

    36. January 20, 2010

      Hershey still has time to counter-bid

      Kraft's bid of 840p for Cadbury, which includes an extra 10p dividend payment, could scotch the possibility of a competing...

    37. January 19, 2010

      Hershey still has time to counter-bid

      Kraft’s bid of 840p for Cadbury, which includes an extra 10p dividend payment, could scotch the possibility of a competing...

    38. January 19, 2010

      Cadbury deal ‘the price of globalisation’

      Cadbury, the 186-year-old British confectionery group which on Tuesday accepted an improved £11.6bn takeover bid from Kraft,...

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