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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.

How Britons fuel destruction of the rainforest

British consumers are fuelling the rising demand for palm oil, speeding up the destruction of rainforests and killing off orangutans

Rhodes tastes defeat in his 'misleading' Flora claims

Advertisement banned over claims that spread is more popular than rivals

The Week Ahead: Commodities slide puts BHP Billiton in a hole

It was a monumental week for the big miners as Rio Tinto sold assets, it admitted that it may have to turn to shareholders for extra capital, and talks emerged over a multi-billion investment by Chinalco, while Xstrata said it was to raise £4.1bn in a heavily discounted issue. This was against a background of weaker commodity prices which saw the sector drag down the FTSE 100 at the end of the week.

BT shares hit record low as Global Services profits plunge

Group blames operational failures, not economic crisis

BT issues surprise profits warning

Telecoms giant BT issued a surprise profits warning today after its division providing services to multinational companies failed to hit targets.

Unilever bullish that sales will beat targets

The consumer goods giant Unilever has revealed it expects to deliver improved underlying revenues this year, as it posted buoyant third-quarter sales and profits.

Tate's vision of a London under fire

A futuristic shelter for besieged Londoners inspired by the July 7 bombings and the Blitz was unveiled yesterday as the latest installation to fill Tate Modern's vast Turbine Hall.

Marmite taken off menu for children

The makers of Marmite said it was "disappointing" a council has decided to impose a ban on the spread at their school breakfast clubs.

No Pain, No Gain: MyHome's demolition is a sad and expensive outcome

Many companies are facing acute difficulties, and the transatlantic mortgage bail-out will not have any near-term impact. The trading environment continues to deteriorate as the still-ferocious credit crunch exerts pressure. With their limited resources, small-caps are particularly vulnerable in such brutal conditions.

Unilever completes overhaul with £730m laundry unit sale

Unilever completed the bulk of its asset fire sale yesterday after a private equity group secured its North American laundry business for $1.45bn (£730m), its second major deal in a week.

Unilever sells Bertolli oil and vinegar for £500m

Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch conglomerate, lost a touch of Italian brio yesterday after selling its Bertolli olive oil and vinegar business for €630m (£500m), as part of its drive to sell non-core businesses.

Skin-whitening adverts ignite race row in India

The actors are beautiful, the sets are stylish and the message could not be clearer – the woman with the paler skin gets the man.

Detergent makers raided in EU prices inquiry

Competition regulators have raided the offices of Europe's largest manufacturers of household products, including Unilever and Procter & Gamble, it emerged last night.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there