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  • Jan 23- Personal care products maker Kimberly-Clark Corp reported a 1.4 percent fall in quarterly sales, hurt by weak demand for its core products such as Kleenex tissues and Huggies diapers in North America. Net loss attributable to the company was $83 million, or 22 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a profit of $539 million, or $1.40...

  • UPDATE 2-Unilever sees no improvement after weak 2014 Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 5:51 AM ET

    LONDON, Jan 20- Consumer goods group Unilever expects another sluggish year, after a slowdown in emerging markets and flagging developed economies curbed demand for everything from soup to soap in 2014.. Unilever makes more than half of its sales in emerging markets and so is particularly exposed to slowing demand in once fast-growing countries such as India...

  • The watchdog announced sanctions totaling 345.2 million euros on cleaning products makers Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, Unilever, Procter& Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, Sara Lee, SC Johnson and Bolton Solitaire. It announced a further 605.9 million euros of fines relating to personal hygiene products against Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, Unilever, Procter& Gamble,...

  • The watchdog announced fines of a total of 345.2 million euros against cleaning product manufacturers Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, Unilever, Procter& Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, Sara Lee, SC Johnson and Bolton Solitaire. It announced a further 605.9 million euros of fines relating to personal hygiene products against Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, Unilever,...

  • Beautycounter, a seller of skincare and cosmetics, was founded in Santa Monica in 2013 by Gregg Renfrew, the company's chief executive. Its products, including Beautycounter's popular glow sugar scrub, vibrant eye perfector and routine clean cream cleanser, are sold through independent consultants, e-commerce and partners like retail chain J. Crew and...

  • PARIS, Dec 14- The first thing one sees on entering Guerlain's perfume shop in Paris' Champs Elysees is the French brand's exclusive collection- Les Parisiennes- which costs 200 euros a bottle and is sold only in a few dozen shops around the world. Niche brands take up increasingly more shelf space at upmarket department stores such as Harrods in London, Printemps...

  • LONDON, Dec 4- Anglo-Dutch consumer goods company Unilever is on the hunt to acquire higher-end personal care brands, its chief executive said on Thursday. Speaking at an investor meeting, CEO Paul Polman also said that high valuations in the industry would not be a deterrent for the right deal. "We continue to look at opportunities to bring our personal care...

  • UK supermarket sales fall for first time on record Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

    The U.K. grocery market has fallen into decline for the first time on record, as discount retailers lead a price war.

  • 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.

  • *Worst of Russia pain, rouble slide still to come. Whether due to' recession-proof' products or because the companies have been able to offset pain in Eastern Europe with growth elsewhere, brewer Carlsberg and detergent-and-cosmetics group Henkel are among firms whose third-quarter results beat market forecasts, despite their exposure to Russia.

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

    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.

  • Estee Lauder snaps up third luxury brand in a month Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 2:23 PM ET

    Nov 7- Estee Lauder Cos Inc bought French luxury perfume brand Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, its third acquisition in less than a month as the company looks to boost its portfolio of high-end luxury perfumes and skin care brands. The Frédéric Malle fragrances, which cost upwards of $150, are sold through five standalone stores in Paris and New York.

  • Supermarket sweep: What could lift Kroger shares Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 12:37 PM ET
    A shopper outside a Kroger supermarket in Peoria, Illinois.

    Kroger has delivered 43 straight quarters of rising sales at stores open at least a year.

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

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

  • Oct 31- U.S. cleaning products maker Clorox Co reported better-than-expected quarterly sales and adjusted profit, helped by strong demand for its household products and price increases in international markets. Net income from continuing operations rose to $145 million, or $1.10 per share, in the first quarter ended Sept. 30, from $139 million, or $1.05 per...

  • Oct 30- Beauty products maker Elizabeth Arden Inc posted its third straight quarterly loss, largely due to its large exposure to perfumes, a category that has seen weak demand in North America. Elizabeth Arden had announced an annual cost saving target of $40- $50 million and the company said it had made significant overhead cost reduction during the first...

  • Oct 30- Beauty products maker Elizabeth Arden Inc reported a quarterly loss for the third time in a row as sales of perfumes, its largest business, continued to decline. The U.S. cosmetics maker, which has been struggling with weak sales for the past year, said revenue from its North American business fell 23 percent due to weak demand for celebrity fragrances and...

  • Elizabeth Arden posts third straight quarterly loss Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 7:54 AM ET

    Oct 30- Beauty products maker Elizabeth Arden Inc posted a quarterly loss for the third time in a row as sales fell by more than a fifth. The net loss attributable to shareholders was $25.4 million, or $1.54 per share, in the first quarter ended Sept. 30, down from a net profit of $1.7 million, or 6 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue fell 21.3 percent to $270.4 million...

  • Oct 21- Kleenex and Huggies maker Kimberly-Clark Corp said it would cut 1,100 to 1,300 jobs as it focuses on emerging markets after the spinoff of its U.S.-based healthcare business. The company also cut its full-year profit forecast to reflect costs associated with the spinoff, while reporting better-than-expected quarterly revenue on strong demand in...