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  • CARACAS, Feb 13- Venezuelans puzzled over the impact of a complicated currency devaluation and fretted that dire product shortages in the OPEC nation's recession-hit economy would not go away. President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government this week launched a 70 percent devaluation via a new "free floating" currency system known as Simadi, the third of...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 11- Retail sales in Brazil declined at the sharpest pace on record in December, capping their weakest year since 2003, brought lower by a disappointing Christmas shopping season. Weak consumption is one of the clearest signs of the malaise hanging over Brazil's economy. Consumer goods companies from cosmetics maker Natura SA to apparel...

  • Feb 10- Deep-discount retailer Ollie's Bargain Outlet, known for the signature catch phrase "good stuff cheap," is preparing for an initial public offering, according to people familiar with the matter. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania- based company, which is owned by Chief Executive Officer Mark Butler and private equity firm CCMP Capital Advisors LLC, is working...

  • Ethiopia wants manufacturers and exporters. ADDIS ABABA, Feb 8- Chinese workers mingle with Ethiopians putting the finishing touches to a metro line that cuts through Addis Ababa, one of a series of grand state infrastructure projects that Ethiopia hopes will help it mimic Asia's industrial rise. Brought to its knees by "Red Terror" communist purges in the 1970 s...

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 6- German e-commerce group Rocket Internet has splashed out hundreds of millions of euros to increase its stakes in two grocery and food delivery companies, in what it said was a move towards creating the biggest delivery network outside China. It was also making acquisitions of delivery firms Pizzabo in Italy and La Nevera Roja in Spain, all of...

  • *Trade deficit widens to $46.6 billion in December. WASHINGTON, Feb 5- The U.S. trade deficit in December widened sharply to its highest level since 2012 as a stronger dollar appeared to suck in imports and weigh on exports, which could see the fourth-quarter economic growth estimate revised lower. The Commerce Department said on Thursday the trade deficit...

  • BERLIN, Feb 5- German industrial orders surged far more than forecast in December, recovering from a sharp fall the previous month and hitting their highest level since April 2008, which should help Europe's largest economy to gain steam in early 2015.. Bookings for goods made in Germany climbed by 4.2 percent, according to data from the Economy Ministry on...

  • New exclusive Amazon Prime line fuels partner fear Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 10:41 AM ET
    A worker prepares packages for delivery at an Amazon.com warehouse in Brieselang, Germany.

    Amazon's new line of diapers and baby wipes only raises merchants' fears it plans to compete directly with sellers on its site. Re/code reports.

  • The European staples resisting Russia's downturn Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 2:20 AM ET
    A Carlsberg advertisement

    Fears that Russia's economic downturn will ravage European multinationals may have been overstated in some cases, with companies that sell beer and soap defying expectations.

  • Detergent pods pose poisoning risk to children Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 11:00 AM ET
    Detergent pods pose poisoning risk to children

    Laundry detergent pods, that are sometimes mistaken for candy or toys, have accidentally poisoned thousands of children, according to a new study.

  • Online shaving start-up takes on the big blades Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 9:19 AM ET
    Harry's Razors product

    Movember sponsor Harry's is looking to shave off a piece of the $6.1 billion men's grooming industry with low-priced blades and bathroom products sold online.

  • China's October trade data another sign of fragility Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 10:07 PM ET

    Annual growth in China's exports and imports slowed in October, data showed on Saturday, reinforcing signs of fragility in the world's second-largest economy.

  • Argentina accuses Procter & Gamble of tax fraud Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 6:10 AM ET
    The Procter and Gamble baby care offices stand at P&G's headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio,.

    Argentina has accused Procter & Gamble of tax fraud and said it suspended its operations in the South American country.

  • Clorox profit beats; demand for products rises Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 12:51 PM ET
    Clorox

    U.S. cleaning products maker Clorox reported better-than-expected quarterly sales and adjusted profit, helped by strong demand for household products.

  • 10 brands that go by different names outside US Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    Mr. Proper products

    What's in the package might be the same, but for a variety of reasons, sometimes companies need to call products by another name outside their home country.

  • P&G's bet on adult diapers Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 10:58 AM ET
    P&G's bet on adult diapers

    CNBC's Sara Eisen provides insight to the big business of adult diapers.

  • Aspirin and suntan lotion? Bayer, Merck do deal Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | 7:13 AM ET
    Merck employees walk past a Merck sign in front of the company's building in Summit, New Jersey.

    Bayer will acquire the consumer care business of U.S.-based Merck & Co for $14.2 billion in cash, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

  • Flowers: Do you get what you order? Friday, 7 Feb 2014 | 2:43 PM ET
    Flowers: Do you get what you order?

    Today Show investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen ordered flowers from some of the biggest names in the business, including 1-800-Flowers, and compared the arrangements to their advertisements.

  • Ayatollah's financial empire came from land grabs Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 9:23 AM ET
    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

    A Reuters study found that Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei controls a massive financial empire built from property seizures from ordinary Iranians.

  • Henkel's CEO on European consumers Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | 7:14 AM ET
    Henkel's CEO on European consumers

    Kasper Rorsted, Henkel CEO, provides his views on the state of the global economy and Europe's economic recovery.