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  • Dow futures add 200-plus points after China data Tuesday, 19 Jan 2016 | 7:42 AM ET
    An investor observes stock market at a stock exchange hall in Fuyang, Anhui Province of China.

    U.S. stock futures were sharply higher this morning, after Chinese stocks gained 3.2 percent overnight, on data that showed China's economy grew in-line with expectations.

  • Unilever gets set for tougher markets Tuesday, 19 Jan 2016 | 2:28 AM ET

    Consumer good group says it is preparing itself for tougher market conditions and high volatility in 2016.

  • PARIS, Dec 12- The global climate summit in Paris agreed a landmark accord on Saturday, setting the course for a historic transformation of the world's fossil fuel-driven economy within decades in a bid to arrest global warming. "With a small hammer you can achieve great things," Fabius said as he gavelled the agreement, capping two weeks of tense negotiations at...

  • Kellogg, Sony and others sign up to emissions goals Tuesday, 8 Dec 2015 | 5:15 AM ET

    PARIS/ BERLIN, Dec 8- Kellogg, Sony, Coca-Cola Enterprises and a group of other companies have committed to targets certified by independent assessors to cut their carbon emissions, they said on Tuesday. Coca-Cola Enterprises, Dell, Enel, General Mills, Kellogg, NRG Energy, Procter& Gamble, Sony and Thalys have already had goals approved equating to nearly 2 billion...

  • By Emma Thomasson and Barbara Lewis. BERLIN/ PARIS, Dec 7- Eat misshapen veg, wash clothes in cold water, drive more slowly and recycle? As negotiators seek a deal to reduce global emissions at the U.N. talks in Paris, companies are under increasing pressure to account for all their carbon emissions, from manufacturing all the way through to packaging and a product's...

  • PARIS, Dec 6- Heads of companies including Unilever and Virgin Group urged a Paris summit on Sunday to get on track to limit temperature rises to the lowest possible level by setting a goal of phasing out fossil fuel use by 2050.. Last month, they called on the Paris summit, held on Nov. 30- Dec. 11, to set a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to "net zero" by 2050, by...

  • OSLO, Nov 23- Leaders of 78 major companies urged governments on Monday to include the pricing of carbon emissions as part of policies to curb global warming, as world leaders prepare for a summit on climate change in Paris next week. Chief executives of the companies, with combined annual turnover of $2.1 trillion, said in an open letter to world leaders that an...

  • LONDON, Oct 26- WPP, the world's biggest advertising company, said it would hit its challenging full-year forecasts after solid trading in Europe helped its sales to accelerate in the third quarter. WPP, which handles the advertising needs of brands such as Ford and Unilever, reported third-quarter like-for-like net sales growth of 3.3 percent, compared with...

  • Net sales growth accelerates at Britain's WPP Monday, 26 Oct 2015 | 3:17 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 26- Britain's WPP, the world's biggest advertising company, reiterated its full-year net sales target on Monday after posting an acceleration in third-quarter trading due to easier comparatives and solid demand in Europe and the United States. WPP, which handles the advertising needs of brands such as Ford and Unilever, reported third-quarter...

  • UPDATE 1-P&G posts biggest sales drop in 7 quarters Friday, 23 Oct 2015 | 7:25 AM ET

    Oct 23- Procter& Gamble Co reported its biggest drop in quarterly sales in seven quarters, hurt by weak demand across product categories and a strong dollar. P&G has been focusing on more profitable brands including Gillette shaving products, Pampers diapers and Tide detergent, as it loses customers to companies such as Unilever Plc and Colgate-Palmolive Co...

  • Many consumer goods companies have been hurt by sluggish global economies and the cooling of once-hot markets like China and Brazil. But Nestle faces specific problems in Asia's largest markets, China and India. In India a recall of its Maggi noodles is hampering sales, while in China, Nestle's second-biggest market after the United States, the group conceded...

  • VEVEY, Switzerland, Oct 16- Nestle, the world's largest packaged food company, lowered its full-year outlook on Friday, as a Maggi noodle recall in India knocked sales and undercalculated U.S. Skin Health rebates weighed on the Swiss company's profits. "The shortfall comes from pricing, as Nestle does not seem to have been able to pursue its pricing actions as hoped,...

  • Europe stocks close up 1.4%; earnings, oil in focus Thursday, 15 Oct 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Europe closed higher on Thursday, as investors shrugged off the downturn in oil prices and concentrated on corporate earnings.

  • *Unilever sees FY'15 sales at upper end of 2-4 pct range. LONDON, Oct 15- Consumer goods maker Unilever said it expects sluggish global markets will continue to weigh on performance with no let-up in sight, though a series of one-off benefits lifted third-quarter sales way past expectations. Still, Unilever slightly brightened its sales outlook for the year...

  • *Burberry slumps as China slowdown leads to sales miss. MILAN, Oct 15- European shares rose on Thursday after three days of losses, tracking gains in Asia on growing expectations the United States will delay any rate hike until 2016, with retailer Casino and consumer goods maker Unilever lifted by positive results. Investors were focusing on a raft of corporate...

  • *Casino, Unilever lead gainers after results. *Burberry slumps on first-half sales miss. Unilever rose 3.5 percent after it reported better than expected third-quarter sales, although it added that sluggish markets globally continued to weigh on its performance.

  • LONDON, Oct 15- Consumer goods maker Unilever reported better than expected third-quarter sales on Thursday, but said sluggish markets globally continued to weigh on its performance. "We continue to see soft global markets with no immediate sign of getting help from an improving global economy," Unilever Chief Executive Paul Polman said in a statement.

  • MUMBAI, Oct 14- Hindustan Unilever Ltd, India's largest consumer goods firm, said price cuts for key products including soaps and detergents dragged down its profit in the second quarter, missing market estimates despite improved sales. Grappling with weaker demand in rural India, the Indian unit of the Anglo-Dutch consumer group Unilever Plc had slashed...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Sept 23- Whether it's selling pensions, pasta or toothpicks, investors in Africa have been targeting the booming middle class. Millions of Africans have moved out of subsistence farming, but national economies have yet to make the transition from relying on commodity exports to mass manufacturing, the model which transformed living standards...

  • LONDON, Sept 10- European shares retreated on Thursday as companies exposed to Brazil came under severe selling pressure after Standard& Poor's downgraded the country's credit rating to "junk" grade. Shares in French retailer Casino Guichard, which received about half of its 2014 revenue from Latin America, fell 4.4 percent, while its peer Carrefour, which gets...