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      June 26, 2015

      FT Opening Quote - Tesco 'steps forward' with sales fall

      Tesco has made a “step in the right direction” says CEO Dave Lewis….with another sales fall. FT Opening Quote, with...

    2. June 21, 2015

      Henkel: Splitting hairs

      A nice problem to have. German adhesives-to-soap-powder group Henkel has negligible net debt and generates lots of cash....

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    1. June 18, 2015

      Africa: a long game

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

    2. June 2, 2015

      Pernod Ricard: Absolut or relative?

      Pernod Ricard wants to persuade drinkers that it is worth paying extra for whisky that has spent 18 years in a barrel as...

    3. June 2, 2015

      Finalists: Responsible Business Awards 2015

      Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards celebrate the powerful and positive role of business in society. The...

    4. May 19, 2015

      Unilever finance chief Jean-Marc Huët steps down after five years

      Unilever’s finance director Jean-Marc Huët is to quit the Anglo-Dutch company after five years in the job. But he will stay...

    5. May 13, 2015

      SABMiller: the beer necessities

      Emerging markets are about as fashionable as Watney’s Red Barrel right now. But when they return to favour, are shares in...

    6. May 6, 2015

      Does it matter which ‘soap powder brand’ wins UK election?

      City analysts are supposed to be good at spotting risks. But a perusal of brokerage research on the election shows they have...

    7. April 20, 2015

      G4S becomes latest to scale back quarterly reports

      G4S, the world’s biggest security provider, has become the latest company to reduce their number of trading updates...

    8. April 17, 2015

      Reality needs to match Haiti’s aspirations

      Every year, more than 500,000 tourists step on to the golden sands of Haiti’s northern shore to enjoy barbecues, water...

    9. April 16, 2015

      Emerging market woes ease for Unilever, but deepen for Diageo

      After heady growth, emerging markets turned into a headache for consumer goods companies. But on Thursday, that headache...

    10. April 16, 2015

      Unilever declares ‘good start’ to year as weak euro lifts sales

      Unilever declared a “good start” to the financial year, reporting higher-than-expected first-quarter sales and signs of a...

    11. March 2, 2015

      Unilever to buy REN skincare brand

      REN skincare, a niche brand based on natural ingredients, is to be bought by Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumers goods...

    12. March 1, 2015

      Frustrated Unilever investors call for shake-up

      Unilever should sell its underperforming Flora margarines business and buy more personal care companies, according to an...

    13. February 27, 2015

      When is a company too big to manage?

      “Can I know what every one of 257,000 people is doing? Clearly I can’t.” When HSBC’s chief executive Stuart Gulliver claimed...

    14. February 16, 2015

      Lord Green’s shame is a setback for purposeful leadership

      I am angry with Stephen Green. I am angry in part because HSBC’s former chairman (now Lord Green) presided over a financial...

    15. February 11, 2015

      Reckitt Benckiser: soft soap

      So this is what it has come to: “moderate to ‘nice’ operating margin expansion in 2015”. And, by the way, that “nice”...

    16. February 9, 2015

      Unilever must aim not to spread itself too thinly

      While consumer groups are often a jumble of diverse businesses, Unilever is the only big global group to combine a sizeable...

    17. February 9, 2015

      Paul Polman’s socially responsible Unilever falls short on growth

      For years, Unilever chief executive Paul Polman has seen himself as the conscience of the business world. “A purpose-driven...

    18. February 5, 2015

      Business leaders back ambitious emissions reduction target

      The chief executive of Unilever, the maker of Dove soap and Lipton tea, has urged world leaders to slash greenhouse gas...

    19. February 2, 2015

      The moment digital selling tips over into creepy stalking

      While I flew to Barcelona last week to speak at a conference, my iPad was at breakfast at a restaurant in Cambridge. That,...

    20. January 27, 2015

      Unilever sells €750m bond at 0.5% yield

      Unilever took advantage of the market’s positive response to quantitative easing by the European Central Bank to issue a...

    21. January 20, 2015

      Unilever: flight from safety

      What does Unilever offer, from an investor’s point of view? Global-GDP-plus-a-bit revenue growth; a dividend; a call on...

    22. January 20, 2015

      Unilever cautions difficult market conditions to continue

      Unilever has cautioned that it expects little reprieve this year from the pincer movement of weak emerging markets growth...

    23. January 16, 2015

      Can investors judge chief executives’ performance?

      When Serco announced the appointment of Rupert Soames as chief executive last February, shares in the outsourcer rose by...

    24. January 6, 2015

      Global fines for price-fixing hit $5.3bn record high

      Fines meted out to companies for price-fixing reached a record high in 2014, as antitrust authorities cracked down on...

    25. 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 the...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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