*Tobacco sales cut unemployment in northern villages. *Cash-strapped Palestinian Authority keen to tax, regulate. YA'ABAD, West Bank, June 19- Palestinian farmers sow tobacco sprouts in the rocky earth of the northern West Bank, reaping a harvest that provides a reliable livelihood in the struggling occupied territory.» Read More
AMSTERDAM, Jan 29- Philips Electronics agreed to sell its audio and video business to Japan's Funai Electric Co for 150 million euros, quitting a traditional sector to focus on its more profitable home appliances and healthcare operations.
Two big household and personal care products companies see the most strength coming from outside of the U.S., the CEO of Kimberly-Clark and the CFO of P&G told CNBC.
Corporations are leaving billions on the table by failing to follow that old crunchy-granola practice: Recycling.
*Profit $1.22/ share vs Street view $1.11. *Sales up 2 percent to $22.18 bln vs Street view $21.91 bln. Jan 25- What a difference a year makes for Procter& Gamble Co and CEO Bob McDonald.
The days leading up to Super Bowl Sunday on February 3 are traditionally the best time of year to snag a deal on a super-sized set.
Last summer's drought has driven up the price of those Super Bowl party chicken wings. Chicken prices were up 6 percent in December, versus a year earlier - that's more than triple overall food prices.
*Russia is world's No.2 cigarette market. MOSCOW, Jan 25- Russian lawmakers on Friday backed a law which would ban smoking in bars, cafes and other public spaces to promote healthier living in the world's largest tobacco market after China.
*Kimberly-Clark profit $1.37/ share vs Street view $1.35. Jan 25- Procter& Gamble Co's quarterly profit soared past expectations as the world's largest household products maker used higher prices and new products to drive sales growth, the strongest indication yet that turnaround efforts are paying off.
Jan 25- Procter& Gamble Co's quarterly profit soared past expectations as the world's largest household products maker used higher prices and new products to reignite growth in sluggish markets such as the United States.
*Samsung shares up 12 pct in 3 months; Apple down over 20 pct. But with the personal computer market shrinking for the first time in 11 years, the global smartphone market growing more slowly, and Apple Inc moving to buy fewer of Samsung's microprocessors used in the iPhone and iPad, the South Korean IT giant is now forced to keep a lid on spending.
Jan 25- Procter& Gamble Co posted higher quarterly profit on Friday, as the world's largest household products maker tries to reignite growth in sluggish markets such as the United States while activist investor William Ackman pushes for improvements.
SEOUL- Samsung Electronics Co turns cautious on spending for the first time since the global financial crisis, keeping its annual investment plan unchanged at 2012 levels, as demand for computer chips wanes and the smartphone market slows. (SAMSUNG-EARNINGS/, expect by 0400 GMT/ 11 PM ET, 900 words).
*Samsung shares up 12 pct in 3 months; Apple down over 20 pct. SEOUL, Jan 25- Samsung Electronics Co turned cautious on spending for the first time since the global financial crisis, keeping its annual investment plan unchanged at 2012 levels, as demand for computer chips wanes and the smartphone market slows.
HELSINKI, Jan 24- Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia plans to axe its annual dividend payment for the first time in over 20 years to shore up its cash position against falling sales.
CARACAS, Jan 23- Shortages of consumer goods in Venezuela may worsen if the government does not increase access to hard currency and ease import bottlenecks, an official with the country's main industry group said in an interview.
RIM shares rose two percent in pre-market trading after releasing a new system to allow its biggest customers to use its new line of BlackBerry 10 smartphones on their own networks.
LONDON, Jan 23- Anglo-Dutch consumer goods company Unilever Plc/ NV's share price hit an all-time high on Wednesday as growth beat expectations, propelled by strong sales of its haircare products and soaps in emerging markets.
LONDON, Jan 23- Anglo-Dutch consumer goods company Unilever PLC/ NV beat growth expectations in 2012, propelled by an increasing presence in emerging markets and leading its shares to a record high price.
TORONTO, Jan 23- Research In Motion has released a new system to allow its biggest customers to use its new line of BlackBerry 10 smartphones on their own networks, paving the way for the Jan. 30 launch of the make-or-break devices.
Jan 22- Verizon Communications Inc posted a weaker-than-expected wireless operating profit margin due to hefty costs from smartphones like Apple's iPhone, but the U.S. telephone company promised a big improvement this year as it cuts costs.