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    1. 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...

    2. November 30, 2014

      Business is tackling the difficult questions politics has dodged

      What does it mean to be pro or anti-business? The question is prompted by the stereotypical views displayed during the...

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    1. Special Report: Boldness in Business 2012

      Seven success stories are honoured in this year’s awards...
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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. July 15, 2014

      ‘Myopic management’ threatens UK’s growth

      The UK is suffering from “myopic management” that threatens its global competitiveness, an independent commission has...

    9. May 22, 2014

      Japan’s Mizkan buys Unilever sauce units for $2.15bn

      Japan’s Mizkan Group has extended its reach into the western larder by paying $2.15bn cash for Unilever’s North American...

    10. April 24, 2014

      Unilever to hold course in emerging markets

      Unilever said it would stay the course in emerging markets despite economic and currency turbulence that has led consumer...

    11. March 19, 2014

      Unilever issues £250m green bond

      Unilever, the world’s second largest food producer by sales, has issued a £250m “green bond” – a development that could open...

    12. March 10, 2014

      Unilever splashes out on China water business

      Unilever, the maker of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Signal toothpaste and Lipton tea, has made its biggest acquisition in China...

    13. January 21, 2014

      Britain ‘benefits tremendously’ from being in EU: Unilever chief

      Britain “benefits tremendously” from being within the European Union and can use its position within the trading bloc to...

    14. January 21, 2014

      Consumer groups turn positive on emerging markets

      Two of the world’s leading consumer goods groups on Tuesday eased fears about an emerging market slowdown, but said Europe...

    15. December 5, 2013

      Unilever to prune back product offering

      Unilever is to prune its portfolio of individual products by up to 40 per cent by the end of 2014 in an effort to boost...

    16. December 2, 2013

      Unilever awards auditing contract to KPMG

      Unilever has awarded its auditing contract to KPMG in a move that brings to an end its 26-year relationship with PwC, the...

    17. October 24, 2013

      Unilever sales problems mount

      Unilever has suffered its worst rate of quarterly sales growth in four years with a subdued performance in developed...

    18. October 1, 2013

      Unilever warning knocks consumer shares

      Shares in consumer goods companies fell on Tuesday after Unilever issued a sales warning, fuelling fears that the slowdown...

    19. October 1, 2013

      Companies seek to balance cuts and growth

      Three years ago Paul Polman, chief executive of Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumer products group, outlined an ambitious...

    20. July 28, 2013

      Procter & Gamble: Time to freshen up

      Nick Mangold, a burly American footballer, eases his 6ft 4in frame into a barber’s chair and lets the Gillette whisker...

    21. July 25, 2013

      Unilever chief dismisses fears over emerging markets growth

      Paul Polman, chief executive of Unilever, dismissed concerns about slowing growth in emerging markets on Thursday, but said...

    22. July 5, 2013

      Unilever lifts holding in Indian subsidiary

      Unilever has lifted its holding in Hindustan Unilever to 67.3 per cent following a €2.45bn buyout offer designed to raise...

    23. June 6, 2013

      Unilever and Nestlé join aid charities to call for biofuel curbs

      Unilever and Nestlé have joined development non-governmental organisations in calling on David Cameron to use the Group of...

    24. beyondbrics

      April 30, 2013

      Unilever offers $5.4bn for a better grip on Hindustan Unilever

      embed1 Shares in Hindustan Unilever, Unilever’s Indian arm, soared around 20 per cent on Tuesday after its Anglo-Dutch...

    25. April 26, 2013

      Change of fortune

      Like P&G, Unilever spent a long time in a funk. For the best part of a decade, turnover barely budged, share performance was...

    26. March 20, 2012

      Changing lives

      Sustainability, Unilever likes to suggest, is embedded deep in its DNA. And the company knows a thing or two about being in...

    27. January 27, 2012

      FT Sightsavers MBA Challenge - Judging panel

      Benjamin Kohler, worldwide general manager of Polaroid Eyewear Benjamin Kohler has been the worldwide general manager of...

    28. January 25, 2012

      Food security: Dampened prospects

      Bangladeshi women farmers in rainbow-bright saris survey their flooded rice paddies with dismay: the rains have drowned the...

    29. January 22, 2012

      Business urged to fill in for government

      Paul Polman, chief executive of Unilever, the consumer goods maker, is urging business to step into the breach left by...

    30. December 2, 2011

      Dutch CEOs urge ‘political courage’ on euro

      The chief executives of the top five industrial companies in the Netherlands have urged European leaders to show the...

    31. October 14, 2011

      Unilever buys Russian beauty company

      Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods group, is beefing up its Russian portfolio with the acquisition of Concern Kalina...

    32. beyondbrics

      October 14, 2011

      Unilever: a €500m makeover in Russia

      Unilever isn’t wasting any time in implementing its aim of generating 70-75 per cent of revenues from emerging markets by...

    33. beyondbrics

      August 17, 2011

      EM: new obsession with cleanliness?

      What is it with emerging markets and cleaning products? On Wednesday, two of the world’s leading retailers in the detergent...

    34. August 4, 2011

      Unilever: just charge more

      Making money is easy; just raise prices. That is exactly what Unilever has done in the last six months and investors in its...

    35. August 4, 2011

      Unilever shakes off consumer depression

      Shares in Unilever surged after the Anglo-Dutch maker of Dove shampoo and Flora margarine shook off consumer depression to...

    36. June 24, 2011

      Unilever shakes up management

      Unilever’s chief executive Paul Polman has unveiled a management shake-up designed to spur growth for the Anglo-Dutch maker...

    37. FT Tech Hub

      June 24, 2011

      Havas chief backs Twitter over Facebook for ads

      As the FT reported yesterday, Twitter has been holding discreet discussions with agencies and marketers on the sidelines of...

    38. June 12, 2011

      Unilever chief shuns deals in drive for growth

      Unilever’s chief executive has in effect promised annual organic growth targets of an industry-trumping 7 to 8 per cent in a...

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