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

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

  • LONDON, Aug 6- The U.S. economy continues to recover from the depths of the Great Recession, although its speed, trajectory and cruising altitude remain the subject of fierce debate. Instead, companies have chosen to dip into their collective $1.8 trillion pile of cash to re-hire workers, fund merger and acquisitions activity or buy back their own shares.

  • BERLIN, Aug 6- German industrial orders fell in June at their steepest rate since September 2011 as euro zone demand weakened and bulk orders were below average, with the Economy Ministry suggesting this was in part due to uncertainty over the Ukraine crisis.

  • Aug 1- Procter& Gamble Co, the world's largest household products maker, said it could sell about half of its brands in the next two years and cut jobs to revive sales growth and save costs, sending its shares up as much as 4.3 percent. Twenty-three of the brands have sales of between $1 billion and $10 billion. "Less will be much more," Chief Executive A.G. Lafley said.

  • *Core earnings $0.95/ shr vs est $0.91/ shr. Aug 1- Procter& Gamble Co, the world's largest household products maker, said it could sell about half of its brands in an effort to revive sales growth and cut costs, sending its shares up as much as 4 percent.

  • Aug 1- Procter& Gamble Co, the world's largest household products maker, reported a 37 percent rise in quarterly profit as its cost cutting efforts paid off and organic sales rose in its home care business.

  • P&G's quarterly profit jumps 37 pct on cost cuts Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    Aug 1- Procter& Gamble Co, the world's largest household products maker, reported a 37 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by lower operating costs. Net profit attributable to the company rose to $2.58 billion, or 89 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended June 30, from $1.88 billion, or 64 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • TOKYO, July 31- Panasonic Corp confirmed on Thursday it would invest in U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc's planned $5 billion lithium-ion battery plant in the United States, but said it had yet to decide on the size and timing of its investment.

  • July 30- Energizer Holdings Inc, known for its Energizer and Eveready batteries, reported a 26 percent fall in quarterly profit as household goods sales fell nearly 11 percent due to higher competition and the loss of two key retail customers.

  • Energizer profit falls as household goods sales plummet Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 7:31 AM ET

    July 30- Energizer Holdings Inc, the maker of Energizer and Eveready batteries, reported a 26 percent fall in quarterly profit as household goods sales fell nearly 11 percent due to higher competition and the loss of two key retail customers.

  • LONDON, July 29- Weak consumer spending and intense competition among retailers are forcing some makers of packaged goods to lower their prices, intensifying the threat of euro zone deflation.

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, July 29- With green-tea flavoured toothpaste and pickled plum juice, an army of Chinese retailers is tapping local tastes to whittle away market share from global rivals that are banking their future growth on the world's second-largest consumer market.

  • The Stoxx Europe Personal and Household goods sector was down 1.3 percent, the biggest sectoral faller, as other luxury firms with China exposure such as Richemont, Burberry and Kering also suffered. French companies Danone and Lafarge were both in negative territory after missing consensus forecasts.

  • *Amazon expected to expand food sales at home and abroad. BERLIN, July 8- Big retailers are taking a calculated hit to margins to invest in online grocery operations, in the hope they can persuade consumers to add more profitable items like clothes and computers to their orders of fruit and vegetables.

  • *Recent data suggests Ukraine, Iraq weighing on demand. BERLIN, July 4- German industrial orders fell in May for the first time in two months and more sharply than expected due to a perceived increase in geopolitical risk, the Federal Statistics Office said on Friday.

  • BEIJING, July 1- Foreign brands in China's consumer goods market are facing stiffer competition from domestic rivals, with about 60 percent of firms overseas losing market share last year, a private study of 40,000 households showed on Tuesday.

  • Under Chief Executive Frans van Houten, the Dutch company- which started out 120 years ago as a pioneer in electric lighting- has been shifting away from the consumer electronics sector in a restructuring which has involved more than 5,000 job cuts and the sale of its television business.

  • 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

    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.