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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Saturday 14 June 2008
You can play a game with the trendy food products on supermarket shelves. It's called "spot the owner". What you're looking for – when you scan the tin, tub or pack in your hand – is the actual owner of the company. Not the brand, you understand, but the business that ultimately collects the money you hand over at the till.
Wednesday 28 May 2008
I doubt whether many people had Margaret Beckett down as one of the more imaginative politicians, but we were wrong. Because lots of MPs stuck in expense claims for unnecessary taxis or new kitchen units, but Margaret put some art into her claim and demanded £1,900 for plants and a pergola, which apparently is a frame for the plants to thrive on. And this was for her second home of course. Because obviously everyone has a pergola and a grand's worth of plants in their first home.
Saturday 10 May 2008
Has the stock market got its wires crossed over Myhome International? Judging by the way its shares have behaved the franchise group is deep in the doldrums. They have slumped spectacularly from 106p to a mere 15p in less than a year. Yet signals from the group's Esher (Surrey) headquarters indicate the shares could be among the most oversold in the smallcap community.
Tuesday 29 April 2008
The chairman of Alliance & Leicester, Sir Derek Higgs, has died suddenly, the company announced today.
Tuesday 22 April 2008
Thursday 13 March 2008
David Orr was one of the most outstanding business managers ever produced by Ireland. After winning an MC and Bar in Burma in 1945, he rose through the ranks to serve as a distinguished chairman of Unilever. For 10 years after his retirement in 1982 he proved to be an equally effective non-executive director of a number of other groups, while also serving as chairman of the British Council for seven years – and he was a driving force in turning Sam Wanamaker's dream of creating a "new" Globe theatre into reality.
Wednesday 12 March 2008
Friday 29 February 2008
Tuesday 19 February 2008
Tuesday 19 February 2008
Saturday 09 February 2008
I have re-recruited Myhome International, the franchise group that was once the star of the No Pain, No Gain portfolio. The shares have returned to the fold in spite of the fact that year's figures and the accompanying statement were disappointing.
Friday 08 February 2008
Thursday 07 February 2008
Mining sector investors, hitherto transfixed by China's attempt to interpose itself between Rio Tinto and rival BHP Billiton, renewed their interest in Xstrata yesterday.
Tuesday 05 February 2008
Unilever yesterday moved to cement its position as the world's biggest ice-cream producer, buying Inmarko, the Russian market leader, for an undisclosed sum.
Friday 25 January 2008
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