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    1. December 18, 2014

      French watchdog issues record €951m in price-fixing fines

      France’s competition watchdog has handed out a record €951m in fines against companies including L’Oréal and Unilever after...

    2. December 18, 2014

      Unilever ends egg-free mayonnaise lawsuit

      Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against Hampton Creek, whose egg-free “Just Mayo” spread it had alleged was misleading...

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    1. December 8, 2014

      Wearable tech and cars boost demand

      “Exciting new experiences, right on your wrist.” That was the promise made by Apple’s senior vice-president of worldwide...

    2. December 4, 2014

      Unilever to run spreads business as separate unit

      Unilever is to run its underperforming margarine and spreads business as a standalone unit, in a move investors said was a...

    3. December 4, 2014

      Unilever: I can’t believe its not a spin-off

      Margarine was invented in 1869 by a French chemist who pushed animal fat through a cloth. Almost 150 years later, Unilever...

    4. November 28, 2014

      UK stocks: continental divide

      Should one own UK stocks? The question may seem quaint. Look at the 15 biggest companies listed on the FTSE, from Shell to...

    5. November 16, 2014

      Field notes on the lesser spotted senior job share

      Shared jobs at a senior corporate level are rare. After all, how do you divide complex responsibilities between two people...

    6. November 12, 2014

      There is no such thing as the ‘employer brand’

      How would you describe your company’s brand? Is it desirable? Do people flock to buy your products? You might wonder whether...

    7. November 10, 2014

      Unilever takes on food start-up Hampton Creek in court

      Unilever is suing Hampton Creek, a fast-growing maker of egg-free food products, alleging that the San Francisco start-up's...

    8. November 7, 2014

      Fabergé reborn as a start-up

      When Robert Benvenuto joined Fabergé, the luxury jeweller, as president and chief operating officer in 2013, he took over a...

    9. November 7, 2014

      Business students swap banking careers for jobs in consumer goods

      Graduates are choosing chocolate, washing powder and lipstick over credit default swaps, structured products and company...

    10. November 6, 2014

      Morrison and M&S lead retailers higher

      A strong showing for retailers helped boost the FTSE 100 on Thursday, as the benchmark also reacted to an announcement by...

    11. October 24, 2014

      Letter from Lex: falling tide

      Readers, Markets were calm this week but, for the record, Lex is still betting that we will see more volatility soon. Even...

    12. October 23, 2014

      Unilever: blame Europe

      The problem is Europe. That is the most positive possible interpretation of Unilever’s third-quarter trading update, which...

    13. October 23, 2014

      Unilever reports slowest sales growth in 5 years

      It is rare these days for a company to report numbers far below market expectations – but on Thursday, Unilever did just...

    14. October 13, 2014

      FT-BC Index: Treasures and grumbles

      It is interesting to see what puts companies right at the top of the index, but also to highlight hidden nuggets elsewhere....

    15. October 10, 2014

      Tesco’s new chief has a short shelf-life to find answers

      Dave Lewis, the newly-instated chief executive of Tesco, has just 13 days left before he is due to update investors on the...

    16. September 22, 2014

      Tesco in turmoil after profits overstatement

      Tesco, Britain’s biggest retailer and one of its great corporate success stories of the last decade, has been thrown into...

    17. September 17, 2014

      Unilever comments on growth prospects spark share price fall

      Cautious comments on growth prospects for the consumer goods industry from Unilever ’s finance director left the company’s...

    18. September 17, 2014

      Unilever comments spark share price fall

      Cautious comments on growth prospects for the consumer goods industry from Unilever’s finance director left the company’s...

    19. September 8, 2014

      Business leaders and MPs call to raise reading skills

      UK business leaders and MPs are calling for a concerted attempt to raise reading skills after the most comprehensive study...

    20. September 5, 2014

      Bear market for gilts the next big move

      The last time the FTSE 100 index was at this level, St Tony was in Number 10, boring old stocks like Unilever and Diageo...

    21. August 25, 2014

      Dealmaking surge shakes up consumer products industry

      Chocolate, frankfurters, coffee, cigarettes, lobster and bourbon. They sound like the ingredients for a particularly...

    22. August 8, 2014

      Release the hounds of the FTSE 100

      This is a tale of four dogs. They feature in most portfolios, and in that financial Battersea Dogs Home of unloved...

    23. July 30, 2014

      Stiffest competition from local business, says Unilever chief

      Unilever’s biggest competition is from fast-growing local companies, according to the head of the Anglo-Dutch group, in a...

    24. July 29, 2014

      Retail executives play musical chairs for sales growth prize

      It is one of the biggest games of executive musical chairs being played out in the City of London. Over the past few weeks,...

    25. July 28, 2014

      Drugmakers juggle non-core assets

      Reckitt Benckiser’s planned spin-off of its pharmaceuticals division adds to a dizzying range of deals in the...

    26. July 27, 2014

      Tesco chief Lewis faces heavy to-do list to turn round retailer

      When Dave Lewis takes over as chief executive of Tesco in October, after the sudden ousting of Philip Clarke last week, he...

    27. July 25, 2014

      Week in review, July 26

      A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Europe puts Google privacy policies...

    28. July 25, 2014

      Lunch with the FT: Niall FitzGerald

      “I proposed to my wife here,” says Niall FitzGerald as we settle into a table at his favourite Italian restaurant. “She was...

    29. July 24, 2014

      Beer sales beat Unilever’s slow-moving consumer goods

      “Buy Unilever. It’s hot. Kids want ice cream,” a bigshot cigar-smoking equity salesman once told a fund manager acquaintance...

    30. July 24, 2014

      Emerging markets slowdown hurts Unilever

      Unilever, the consumer goods group, reported a bigger than expected drop in first-half sales after a continued slowdown in...

    31. July 23, 2014

      The inside story of how Clarke’s tenure at Tesco came to an end

      Clarke’s time at Tesco For 30 years, Tesco has sponsored a charity “pro-am” golf tournament the day after the Open...

    32. July 21, 2014

      Tesco’s shareholders must wait to feel the love

      Dave Lewis, architect of Dove’s “love your body” ad campaign and president of personal care at Unilever, may be just the man...

    33. July 21, 2014

      A stepping stone links Tesco’s Philip Clarke and Man Utd’s Moyes

      Shortly after Philip Clarke made his surprising – and, it turns out, prescient – admission at a conference in March that his...

    34. July 21, 2014

      Basket of problems awaits incoming Tesco chief, warn analysts

      Dave Lewis will have a shopping basket full of problems as the incoming chief executive of Tesco, retail analysts have...

    35. July 21, 2014

      Tesco: trouble at the top

      The UK’s biggest retailer has replaced its CEO with a Unilever executive – and has made another profit warning. Lex...

    36. July 21, 2014

      Tesco tops FTSE 100 after chief quits

      Tesco shares hit the top of the FTSE 100 on Monday after chief executive Philip Clarke announced the end of a torrid three...

    37. July 21, 2014

      Tesco turns to man behind Dove’s ‘love your body’ campaign

      Tesco’s incoming chief executive Dave Lewis may not be a household name but the products he manages are. He is the head of...

    38. July 21, 2014

      Tesco bows to City and loses CEO

      Change at Tesco Tesco bowed to pressure from City investors on Monday ousting its chief executive Philip Clarke and...

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