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  • 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
    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.

  • 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
    Clorox

    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...

  • UPDATE 1-Kimberly-Clark to cut up to 1,300 jobs Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 9:04 AM ET

    Oct 21- Personal care products maker Kimberly-Clark Corp said it would cut 1,100 to 1,300 jobs as part of a restructuring to contain costs arising from the spinoff of its healthcare business. Kimberly-Clark said it expects the restructuring, to be completed by the end of 2016, to cost $130 to $160 million after-tax and generate pre-tax savings of $120 to $140...

  • Oct 21- Personal care products maker Kimberly-Clark Corp reported a 3.4 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by strong sales in international markets such as Brazil, China, South Africa and Vietnam. The maker of Kleenex tissues and Huggies diapers said net income attributable to the company rose to $562 million, or $1.50 per share, in the quarter ended Sept....

  • *Coty agrees to buy Bourjois from Chanel. *To pay for Bourjois with 15 Class A Coty shares. PARIS, Oct 7- US cosmetics group Coty said on Tuesday it had made a binding offer to buy French make-up brand Bourjois from Chanel and give the family-owned French luxury company a stake in Coty worth an estimated $240 million.

  • Food prices hit 4-year low, Russia ban hurts Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 8:20 AM ET

    The UN food price index has dipped to a four-year low as good weather has resulted in an oversupply of cereals and dairy imports have slowed.

  • Carlsberg warns on profits over Russia hit Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:05 PM ET
    A Carlsberg advertisement

    Carlsberg, the Danish brewer, became one of the first major European companies to warn over the impact of the Ukrainian crisis.

  • P&G eyes Duracell, Braun in sweeping brand culling Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 11:14 AM ET
    Procter & Gamble corporate headquarters in downtown Cincinnati.

    P&G is working with advisers to review up to 100 underperforming brands for potential divestiture.

  • Betting on boomers, P&G enters a new market Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 2:44 PM ET
    P&G to turn focus to adult diapers as birth rate slows.

    Procter & Gamble is getting into the fastest-growing household products business. Give up? It's adult diapers.

  • Cupcake shop Crumbs shuttering all its stores Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 4:07 AM ET
    A selection of cupcakes is seen at Crumbs Bake Shop.

    Crumbs says it is shuttering all its stores, a week after the struggling cupcake shop operator was delisted from the Nasdaq.