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  • Hellmann's maker tweaks site in 'mayonnaise' spat Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 10:21 AM ET

    After suing a small California company for calling its product " Just Mayo," because the product is made without eggs, it was discovered that Unilever had tweaked its website to make clear that some of its own salad dressings also do not actually contain mayonnaise, but were described in the same way. The suit accuses Hampton Creek of false advertising, with...

  • *Good weather, bigger harvest lead to glut. NANDI HILLS, Kenya, Nov 16- Emerald-coloured tea bushes blanketing the rolling hills of Nandi County have long provided a livelihood for small-scale farmers, helping make Kenya one of the world's biggest tea exporters. Samuel Busienei, a 72- year-old tea farmer, says he earns 40 percent less for each kilogramme of tea sold...

  • The big four-- Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Morrisons-- still control 73 percent of UK grocery turnover but discounters such as Aldi and Lidl, e-commerce sites like Ocado and higher-end stores like Marks and Spencer and Waitrose are gaining ground. Unilever says it keeps margins with discounters, which account for over a billion euros of turnover, in line with its...

  • *Publicis aims to boost growth after failed Omnicom merger. The French group is hoping rapid growth in both North American and Internet advertising, which are far outpacing European and traditional ad formats, will help it catch up with sales gains at rivals such as WPP and Interpublic. Chief Executive Maurice Levy has blamed Publicis' recent poor performance...

  • European companies defy gloomiest results forecasts Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 12:41 PM ET

    LONDON, Nov 3- The European reporting season is not turning into the rout investors feared as many of the largest companies managed to navigate weak demand through cost cuts and innovation to deliver earnings in line with or ahead of downbeat forecasts. Of the fifth of companies in the European Stoxx 600 index that have reported so far, 60 percent have beaten...

  • *Publicis aims to boost growth after failed Omnicom merger. The French group is hoping rapid growth in both North American and internet advertising, which are far outpacing European and traditional ad formats, will help it catch up with sales gains at rivals such as WPP and Interpublic. Chief Executive Maurice Levy has blamed Publicis' recent poor performance...

  • *Poland leads objections, but is not alone. The 28 member states want to set the pace for a global pact to be agreed in Paris next year with industrial powers from Asia, North America and the rest of the world. Conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the EU's biggest energy supplier, has also focused the EU on reducing its reliance on imported fossil fuels by increasing...

  • *Poland leads objections, but is not alone. The 28 member states want to set the pace for a global pact to be hammered out in Paris next year with industrial powers from Asia, North America and the rest of the world. Conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the EU's biggest energy supplier, has also focused the EU on reducing its reliance on imported fossil fuels by...

  • Wall Street lifts European shares despite earnings drag Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    *Michelin and Unilever fall, flagging weak EM demand. EDINBURGH, Oct 23- European stocks edged higher in choppy trade on Thursday, buoyed by strength on Wall Street but hindered by weak corporate results from companies including French tyre-maker Michelin. Michelin and Unilever cited poor demand from emerging markets as the former cut its full-year revenue...

  • LONDON, Oct 23- The chairman of Britain's biggest grocery chain, Tesco, announced his resignation on Thursday after the company reported a bigger than expected hole in its finances and said accounting transgressions went back further than initially thought. Tesco, Britain's biggest private employer and once the juggernaut of its retail sector, has lost half...

  • *Mixed morning in Europe after Asia shares slide. LONDON, Oct 23- European and Asian stock markets ground lower on Thursday, worries over banks and corporate results again darkening the mood despite a surprisingly upbeat survey of Germany's manufacturing and service sectors. French tire maker Michelin and Unilever cited poor demand from emerging markets in...

  • *Poland leads objections, but is not alone. The 28 member states want to set the pace for a global pact to be hammered out in Paris next year with industrial powers from Asia, North America and the rest of the world. Conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the EU's biggest energy supplier, has also focused the EU on reducing its reliance on imported fossil fuels by...

  • *Michelin and Unilever fall, flagging weak EM demand. EDINBURGH, Oct 23- European stocks fell on Thursday, hindered by weak corporate results from companies including French tyre-maker Michelin, despite receiving support from better-than-expected euro zone business activity data. Michelin and Unilever cited poor demand from emerging markets as the former...

  • *Michelin, Unilever fall, flag weak EM demand. Michelin and Unilever cited poor demand from emerging markets as the former cut its full-year revenue goal and the latter reported weaker-than-expected quarterly sales. Unilever's London- listed shares were down 2.4 percent, while Michelin shed 3.6 percent.

  • LONDON, Oct 23- European stocks fell early on Thursday as weak results from French tyre-maker Michelin and consumer goods group Unilever added to a subdued tone for global equities overnight. Unilever fell 3 percent in London by 0705 GMT after it reported a weaker-than-expected 2.1 percent rise in third-quarter sales on Thursday as a slowdown in emerging...

  • *Poland leads objections, but not alone. BRUSSELS, Oct 22- EU leaders face a long day on Thursday as they seek to agree on a new decade of climate and energy policy at a summit in Brussels, with nations from Poland to Portugal threatening to block a deal. Poland, whose economy depends on highly polluting coal, has always been at the forefront of objectors, but Portugal...

  • *Poland leads objections, but not alone. BRUSSELS, Oct 22- EU leaders face hours of haggling as they seek to agree on a new decade of climate and energy policy at talks beginning on Thursday, with nations from Poland to Portugal threatening to block a deal. Poland, whose economy depends on highly polluting coal, has always been at the forefront of objectors, but...

  • Oct 22- Advertising company Interpublic Group of Cos Inc reported quarterly revenue above analysts' expectations, helped by higher ad spending by U.S. businesses. Interpublic, whose clients include General Motors Co, Unilever Plc and Johnson& Johnson, reported organic revenue growth of 6.3 percent in the third quarter ended Sept 30. Interpublic, home to...

  • LONDON, Oct 21- Sales growth at consumer goods maker Reckitt Benckiser slowed more sharply than expected in the third quarter, hit by sluggish Western economies and cooling emerging markets. "Growth has not yet returned to developed markets and emerging markets in aggregate are weaker," Chief Executive Rakesh Kapoor said, citing places such as Thailand,...

  • Ben & Jerry's to keep 'Hazed and Confused' product Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 12:53 PM ET
    Ben and Jerry's Hazed and Confused ice cream.

    The company will not change the name of its "Hazed and Confused" flavor, despite complaints from anti-hazing activists. The Daily Mail reports.