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Feb 5: Recession hits Unilever

Paul Polman, the new chief executive of Unilever, on Thursday refused to provide an guidance for the consumer goods group's prospects in 2009 or to reaffirm previous targets for 2010 as the outlook for the global economy deteriorates. Jenny Wiggins, consumer industries correspondent, talks to Daniel Garrahan about a baptism of fire for the new chief executive.