The City had its eye on the break-up of consumer goods giants yesterday as Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser were in the spotlight.
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Friday 09 December 2011
France's competition authority has slapped fines totalling €361m (£309m) on Colgate Palmolive, Henkel and Procter & Gamble for fixing prices of washing powder in France from 1997 to 2004.
Thursday 08 December 2011
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Wednesday 07 December 2011
Workers at consumer goods giant Unilever are finalising plans for their first ever strike as part of a widespread day of action over pensions.
Thursday 24 November 2011
Reckitt Benckiser has been fined €24m by the German cartel office for fixing prices on dishwashing and laundry products with its German rival Henkel.
Friday 04 November 2011
Rapid growth in emerging markets helped Unilever post its strongest quarterly revenue growth for three years yesterday. But the consumer goods giant warned higher commodity prices means its full-year margins will be flat or lower.
Sunday 04 September 2011
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Tuesday 09 August 2011
Unilever has sold its Chicken Tonight and Ragu sauce brands to Symington's, the food group behind Golden Wonder snacks.
Friday 05 August 2011
Unilever, the consumer goods giant, delivered second-quarter revenues ahead of City expectations, boosted by price hikes and a strong performance in western Europe and emerging markets.
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Tuesday 10 May 2011
Saturday 07 May 2011
Just talking about the problem of inflation has got Unilever into hot water in China, where the authorities fined it 2 million yuan (£177,000) yesterday for saying in March that it planned to raise the cost of its personal care products.
Friday 29 April 2011
Unilever, the consumer goods company that makes everything from Dove soap to Ben & Jerry's ice cream, warned yesterday that it would be hit by higher commodity costs during 2011, with vegetable oil and chemical prices rising particularly sharply.
Tuesday 26 April 2011
It may be a severely curtailed week on the markets, but there are still plenty of updates for investors to get their teeth into, including the latest figures from BP. Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico disaster, so the oil giant will be hoping tomorrow's first-quarter results bring it some cheer.
Friday 15 April 2011
The rumour mill cranked into action yesterday, driving Stagecoach up the mid-tier index after speculation swirled that it could be in line for a potential bid.
Thursday 14 April 2011
European regulators have ordered Procter & Gamble, the maker of Tide, Gain and Era washing power brands, and Unilever, whose brands include Omo and Surf, to pay fines totalling more than €300m (£267m) for their part in a cartel that fixed detergent prices across eight European countries.
Wednesday 13 April 2011
Consumer goods giants Unilever and Procter & Gamble have been slapped with fines totalling 315.2 million euros (£280.5 million) after they colluded to fix the price of washing machine detergent powder.
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