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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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