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    1. Fast FT

      June 9, 2016

      PZ Cussons to take £17m hit from Nigeria FX stress

      Consumer goods group PZ Cussons, which generates a quarter of its profits in Nigeria, has warned shareholders it will...

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      Joanna Jensen is having to sell her stables. The former horse breeder who left a career in investment banking says her...

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      June 6, 2016

      Opening Quote: Mike Ashley; Janet Yellen; lobsters

      Mike Ashley faces Sports Direct questions from MPs on Tuesday, Janet Yellen makes a speech this evening, lobsters are...

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      June 6, 2016

      FT Opening Quote

      Mike Ashley faces Sports Direct questions from MPs on Tuesday, Janet Yellen makes a speech this evening, lobsters are...

    3. Fast FT

      June 6, 2016

      PZ Cussons appoints new chair

      PZ Cussons, producer of Imperial Leather soap, has a new chairman. The Manchester-based group will appoint Caroline...

    4. March 4, 2016

      Triumphs and disappointments in the world of shares

      Small-caps or large-caps? Regular FT Money readers will certainly know where my heart lies. But even dyed-in-the-wool...

    5. Fast FT

      January 26, 2016

      Emerging market concerns weigh on PZ Cussons

      Consumer goods group PZ Cussons, the maker of Imperial Leather soap and Morning Fresh washing up liquid, may have eked...

    6. Fast FT

      January 26, 2016

      PZ Cussons ekes out small interim profit rise

      It was steady as she goes at PZ Cussons in the second half of 2015, with currency movements hampering sales growth but...

    7. November 6, 2015

      Stockpicking and the stop-go conundrum

      Viewing one’s portfolio, assessing opportunities and taking investment decisions is somewhat akin to watching traffic...

    8. July 31, 2015

      Capital gains tax should have taper relief

      I had hoped a Conservative government with an overall majority would look seriously at capital gains tax and consider...

    9. July 21, 2015

      Higher profits in Greece help PZ Cussons soften currency blow

      PZ Cussons has managed to increase profits in crisis-hit Greece where it owns popular olive oil brand Minerva, which is...

    10. June 18, 2015

      Africa: a long game

      The “Africa rising” narrative — mid-to-high single-digit economic growth, rising incomes, an emerging middle class —...

    11. June 11, 2015

      PZ Cussons surprises with improvement in Nigeria

      PZ Cussons, producer of Imperial Leather soap, brushed off concerns about trading in Nigeria, its biggest market,...

    12. May 1, 2015

      The original patient capital trust

      Should I ever have cause fundamentally to question my investment policy of buying into established, profitable and...

    13. April 2, 2015

      Two chief executives who could make a big impact

      Every investor has a story about the one that got away. My favourite in that regard is Wire and Plastic Products. In...

    14. March 6, 2015

      Lessons in value from the rag trade

      The car crash at AO World goes on. For me, this company was always an accident just waiting to happen; at the time of...

    15. January 27, 2015

      PZ Cussons: navigating Nigeria

      “I’m never naked without St Tropez,” proclaims Kate Moss in a video for PZ Cussons’ premium skin finisher product (a...

    16. January 9, 2015

      Hoping for a more eventful 2015

      So farewell to 2014, for me an unmemorable year. I always knew that 2013, which saw an overall 48 per cent capital...

    17. December 22, 2014

      Nigerian consumer goods: luxury prices

      Luxury goods are dead. Long live luxury goods. As the sector frets about the decline of the Chinese consumer, Africa is...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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,...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. June 9, 2013

      The Week Ahead: June 10 – June 16

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    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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)...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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