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  1. July 29, 2014

    Cost cutting pushes up profits at PZ Cussons

    Currency weakness wiped £12m off sterling profits at PZ Cussons, the maker of Imperial Leather and St Tropez tanning lotion,...

  2. July 25, 2014

    Far from the madding crowd – and better for it

    Forty years ago on a train journey from Manchester to London, I was in discussion with a couple of friends. As frequently...

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  1. June 12, 2014

    PZ Cussons profits hit by weak currencies

    PZ Cussons, the company behind Imperial Leather and Carex soaps, said that its full-year profits would have been 17 per cent...

  2. April 4, 2014

    ‘Peakdrift’ is a curse of the market

    I noticed with interest that Mark Barnett, the man taking over from Neil Woodford at Invesco Perpetual, expects 2014 to be a...

  3. January 21, 2014

    PZ Cussons sidesteps emerging markets slowdown to boost earnings

    PZ Cussons, the Manchester-based maker of Imperial Leather soap and Original Source shower gel, managed to sidestep the...

  4. December 11, 2013

    Kate Moss tanning product boosts PZ Cussons

    Model Kate Moss has given sales of St Tropez self-tanning lotion an overseas boost, according to PZ Cussons, as the...

  5. December 6, 2013

    How to pick small-cap shares

    Small-cap shares tend to outperform the broader market significantly over longer periods, even allowing for their greater...

  6. September 25, 2013

    Cussons has healthy sheen amid strong UK trading

    PZ Cussons struck an upbeat note on Wednesday when it reported “robust” UK trading in its washing and bathing products,...

  7. July 23, 2013

    Growth in developing markets boosts PZ Cussons profits

    Full-year pre-tax profits rose 16 per cent at PZ Cussons, as rebounding consumer confidence in Nigeria, its primary market,...

  8. June 19, 2013

    Fears of dividend cut pump up the pressure on United Utilities

    United Utilities was among London’s sharpest fallers as analysts raised fears of a dividend cut. RBC saw United’s payout was...

  9. June 9, 2013

    The Week Ahead: June 10 – June 16

    Diary commentary from FT reporters; data and company announcements, unless otherwise stated, from Thomson Reuters. Company...

  10. May 7, 2013

    Reform: Private producers promise access to light

    As across the rest of Nigeria, electricity is erratic in Aba, the southeastern city known for its manufacturing genius and...

  11. April 19, 2013

    Why Nigeria is my preferred African play

    Readers of this column will know that I am a long-term Africa bull. I think that any adventurous investor worth their salt...

  12. February 19, 2013

    Companies call for carbon-free power

    Companies including PZ Cussons, the soap and shampoo group, Cisco, the IT group and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) have...

  13. January 29, 2013

    PZ Cussons profits up 13% in tough market

    Easing commodity prices are failing to benefit makers of shower gel and other bath-time products as they are being passed...

  14. January 29, 2013

    Morrison trails as fears rise over sales

    Wm Morrison lagged behind a buoyant FTSE 100 yesterday as worries deepened about its poor sales. Industry data showed...

  15. January 29, 2013

    British retail data reveal consumer mood

    Consumers continue to tighten their belts but may be more inclined to console themselves amid the ongoing tough economy with...

  16. December 19, 2012

    On the lucrative frontier trail for yield

    Frontier equity markets featured heavily among the best performing markets in 2012, beating emerging markets over a year in...

  17. October 7, 2012

    Power of brands eats into retailers’ edge

    Austerity-era consumers in the west and rising populations in the east are helping drive a seismic shift in the balance of...

  18. October 5, 2012

    I’m in for the long haul

    For me, a private investor is someone who buys into a company, stays with it, and hopefully sees it prosper. A trader who...

  19. September 19, 2012

    PZ Cussons blames weather for poor sales

    Britain’s wet summer has been blamed for dampening profits at a host of retailers, housebuilders and pubs. Now PZ Cussons is...

  20. September 19, 2012

    Cash-return hopes lift AstraZeneca

    Cash-return hopes gave AstraZeneca its biggest gain in six weeks as the FTSE 100 rallied. The drugmaker rose 1.9 per cent to...

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    July 25, 2012

    London headlines

    * GM eager to expand in Myanmar * World Bank cuts South Africa forecast * Ghana’s ailing president dies * Rosneft eyes BP’s...

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    July 24, 2012

    PZ Cussons: keeping faith in Nigeria

    By Duncan Robinson Nigeria hardly fits the phrase “emerging market” for PZ Cussons. The maker of Imperial Leather has been...

  23. beyondbrics

    July 24, 2012

    New York headlines

    * Rosneft eyes BP’s stake in TNK-BP * China manufacturing edges towards growth * PZ Cussons hit by restructuring * Wipro:...

  24. July 24, 2012

    PZ Cussons’ results hit by redundancy costs

    Weak performance in Australia and Nigeria marred PZ Cussons’ full-year results, after heavy writedowns and redundancy costs...

  25. June 14, 2012

    Cussons reveals baby-product line-up

    PZ Cussons, the maker of Imperial Leather soap whose earnings have been dented by problems in Nigeria, sought to cheer...

  26. beyondbrics

    April 19, 2012

    Africa: cut fuel subsidies, help the poor

    Fuel subsidies are a divisive issue, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. The Nigerian government’s attempt to cut subsidies in...

  27. April 5, 2012

    Sales from the riverbank

    I won’t forget March 9 in a hurry. My Kelso Tweed salmon fishing week was drawing to a close and I was running late for...

  28. March 27, 2012

    Lower-spending Nigerians switch brands

    Samuel Adeseha, a 40-year-old tanker driver in Lagos, is downing fewer beers these days and has switched from an expensive...

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    March 27, 2012

    New York headlines

    * Cussons hit by Nigerian unrest * Bumi: Tan lays out his plans * Russia set to sell $7bn of bonds * US World Bank nominee...

  30. March 27, 2012

    Nigeria unrest prompts PZ Cussons warning

    Shares in PZ Cussons fell almost 10 per cent on Tuesday after turmoil in Nigeria forced the maker of Imperial Leather soap...

  31. March 27, 2012

    International Power lower as FTSE 100 cools

    International Power slipped from a one-year high on Tuesday after Deutsche Bank said takeover speculation looked to be...

  32. beyondbrics

    March 27, 2012

    Cussons hit by Nigerian unrest

    Shares in PZ Cussons, the UK manufacturer of Imperial Leather and other toiletry and household cleaning brands, fell by 10...

  33. March 5, 2012

    Economy: The aim is to spread growth beyond centre

    David Partridge, joint chief executive of Argent, the property arm of the British Telecom pension fund, knows he is taking a...

  34. February 12, 2012

    St Tropez targets Brazil expansion

    St Tropez is taking its self-tanning lotions to Brazil, the land famed for its bronzed bodies. The move appears akin to...

  35. February 3, 2012

    Building links on the golf course

    While playing a relaxed round of golf last year, I asked my opponent, Bill, about his then current assignment. He is a...

  36. January 24, 2012

    Cussons warns on impact of Nigeria strife

    PZ Cussons warned that strife in Nigeria “may further impact” its full-year results, revealing a worrying flipside to...

  37. January 24, 2012

    Doubts over BarCap break banks’ winning streak

    Barclays was among the sharpest fallers yesterday as London-listed banks ended their longest winning streak since 2005. The...

  38. beyondbrics

    January 22, 2012

    The week ahead: Jan 23-27

    After the World Bank released a bleak report on the outlook for emerging markets last week, what will the IMF’s forecast for...

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