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The City had its eye on the break-up of consumer goods giants yesterday as Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser were in the spotlight.

Unilever faces probe over Sara Lee

The European Commission's competition watchdog has launched a detailed investigation into Unilever's £1.1bn takeover of Sara Lee's personal care brands and laundry business in Europe.

Online protest drives Nestlé to environmentally friendly palm oil

Food giant bows to Greenpeace campaign and vows to cut its 'deforestation footprint'

Mark Borkowski: It's maudlin, but it's also pure genius

Through all of Tiger Woods' scandals, Nike have stayed with him. Other sponsors disappeared, but when he made his big apology, they were sitting in the front row. And now they're taking their pound of flesh. It may be mawkish, and a bit dark, but he wouldn't be doing it if he wasn't comfortable with it – and there's no question that this is a piece of advertising genius.

Market Report: Unilever builds on broker's bullish views

The consumer goods giant Unilever was among the strongest of the blue chips as traders continued their search for bargains last night.

Market too tough for a Big Bear listing

Big Bear Group has shelved it's plans to float on the stock market. The company behind the Sugar Puffs cereal brand, Fox's Glacier Mints and Just Brazils chocolates has become the latest in a wave of companies forced to ditch their hopes for listings.

Unilever drops major palm-oil producer

BBC documentary shows Indonesian company clearing protected rainforest

Derek Pain: Patsytems presents an attractive proposition

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Claire Beale On Advertising: Dove goes in search of the real man

Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday and America tuned in. For US advertisers it’s the biggest event of the year. You can do things with a TV ad in the Super Bowl that you can’t do anywhere else. Like reach 100 million people in one place. You can move a nation.

Campaign to save tropical forests failed by food giants

Project to create sustainable palm oil project undermined by Western firms

Adam Harrison: Companies should act – not palm us off with token efforts

Productive and versatile, it's no surprise that palm oil has become the world's most popular vegetable oil with 40 million tonnes traded every year. It's found in a plethora of products, both food and non-food, in a range of different guises. But it has come at a cost.

Unilever suspends purchase of palm oil

Consumer goods giant Unilever today announced it was suspending purchases of palm oil from a major Indonesian supplier, following allegations by environmentalists the company was engaged in widespread illegal deforestation.

Marmite: It's spreading all over

Marmite is having a moment. Is it all just a marketing ploy, or is yeast extract a true kitchen must-have?

Unilever's quality is hard to beat, buy in

BTG; Millennium & Copthorne

Claire Beale On Advertising: Unilever is turning to a crowd of bounty hunters

Hot news, trend watchers: the age of user-generated advertising is over. Admit it, you're relieved. Phew, you're thinking, no more ads made by lonely pubescent punters in their bedrooms – the stuff made by the pros is bad enough.

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