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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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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. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. February 3, 2011

    Commodities bill hits Unilever’s margins

    Unilever on Thursday issued a warning that input inflation will cost some 4 per cent of sales, or about €1.8bn (£1.5bn,...

  28. November 28, 2010

    Sustainability’s stumbling blocks

    There is much talk of sustainability among the corporate community, but whatever action company directors decide to take on...

  29. November 22, 2010

    Corporate plans may be lost in translation

    In A Time of Gifts, his account of a 1930s hike across Europe, Patrick Leigh Fermor recalls sitting in a coffee house in...

  30. November 15, 2010

    Investors sceptical of Unilever growth plan

    For a company whose products clutter the shelves of virtually every home in the UK – not to mention plenty in Brazil,...

  31. FT Alphaville

    September 28, 2010

    Unilever buys Alberto Culver for $3.7bn

    Unilever has agreed to buy Alberto Culver, the US consumer products group, in a $3.7bn deal that will add brands such as...

  32. FT Alphaville

    September 27, 2010

    Unilever to buy Alberto Culver for $3.7bn

    Unilever is to buy Alberto Culver, the US consumer products group, in a $3.7bn deal that will see it bring brands such as...

  33. FT Alphaville

    September 27, 2010

    Unilever pays $3.7bn for Alberto Culver

    Unilever is to buy Alberto Culver, the US-based consumer goods company, for $3.7bn (£2.3bn) in a deal that will bring brands...

  34. September 27, 2010

    Unilever to buy Alberto Culver for $3.7bn

    Unilever is to buy Alberto Culver, the US consumer products group, in a $3.7bn deal that will see it bring brands such as...

  35. August 11, 2010

    Polman stockpot

    Share price slump on worse than expected results? No problem for Unilever boss Paul Polman, who is a glass-half-full kind of...

  36. August 5, 2010

    Unilever gloomy on outlook for growth

    Rapid growth in sales of personal care products in emerging markets helped boost second-quarter profits at Unilever,...

  37. April 30, 2010

    'Innovation'paying off at Unilever

    Unilever's strategy of pushing up sales volumes by cutting prices, launching products and spending more on promotions paid...

  38. April 29, 2010

    ‘Innovation’paying off at Unilever

    Unilever’s strategy of pushing up sales volumes by cutting prices, launching new products and spending more on promotions...

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