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  • BANGKOK— A Thai ice cream company owned by Unilever has apologized for using a derogatory term for gay men in a Facebook posting marking the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, a spokeswoman said Monday. The illustration, posted a day after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages, caused an online uproar in Thailand, with some...

  • *WPP's Sorrell says trading tough this year. In separate interviews on Friday, Martin Sorrell of WPP and Maurice Levy of Publicis sounded cautious about the prospects for the advertising market, citing a lack of vibrancy in the U.S economy, weakness in Brazil, Russia and China, and Europe's continued fragility. For his part, Sorrell said that the major companies...

  • At the industry's biggest annual conference in Cannes this week the main topic of conversation among the 13,000 delegates is the 18 companies- from consumer products giants Proctor& Gamble and Unilever to automakers like BMW and Volkswagen- that have decided to re-think which agencies they want for marketing advice. The reviews are an unnerving prospect for...

  • WPP sales growth slows a touch Tuesday, 9 Jun 2015 | 7:29 AM ET

    LONDON, June 9- Britain's WPP, the world's biggest advertising company, posted a slight slowdown in sales growth in the first four months of the year due to weaker trading from some parts of the business in April. As in the first quarter, WPP, which counts the likes of Ford, Unilever and Microsoft among its clients, saw like-for-like revenue growth in all regions and...

  • June 8- Henkel& Co KGaA AG and Coty Inc, both of which have personal care and cosmetics businesses, made binding offers to buy separate parts of Procter& Gamble Co's beauty businesses worth up to a total of $12 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. Henkel made an offer for P&G's haircare business, which includes the Wella and Clairol brands, and could...

  • A French doctor, venture capitalist and founder of biotech company Abivax, Pouletty is working with Cuba's Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology to develop a therapeutic vaccine to treat chronic Hepatitis B that could be on the Asian market in two years and in Europe after that. Instead, Abivax agreed to buy vaccines at a predetermined price and pay...

  • HONG KONG, June 4- Troubled British retailer Tesco has hired HSBC to explore a sale of its South Korean operations, valued at about $6 billion, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. The supermarket group, whose credit rating was cut to "junk" status by Moody's and S&P in January, is battling to recover from an accounting scandal and reverse market...

  • PARIS, May 21- Top European companies urged governments on Thursday to set a goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero well before 2100, saying that going green can bring profits rather than costs. Business leaders from global and European alliances of companies including Unilever, Total and Saint-Gobain also called for a global price on carbon...

  • PARIS, May 21- Top European companies urged governments on Thursday to set a goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero well before 2100, saying that going green can bring profits rather than costs. Business leaders from global and European alliances of companies including Unilever, Total and Saint-Gobain also called for a global price on carbon...

  • NEW YORK, May 21- Small U.S. food manufacturers once toiled for decades to develop a critical mass of fans for their products. More mass-market retailers want niche brands that shoppers view as healthier to drive traffic in stores, particularly as they face rising competition from natural food and specialty chains like Whole Foods Market Inc..

  • Theme park where kids are in charge comes to UK Monday, 18 May 2015 | 1:03 AM ET
    A general view of KidZania Tokyo.

    Welcome to KidZania – a theme park-cum-real-world-role-play center equipped with its own banking system and town center built to scale.

  • Food for thought: Brands who've won over the world Friday, 15 May 2015 | 8:40 AM ET

    Household goods are quickly stealing a march on popular brands like Coca-Cola, with Colgate being used in more than half the world’s houses - report.

  • Bill Gates backs high-tech foods for the masses Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    food laboratory

    Food-tech companies are creating meat and dairy substitutes to meet global food demand. Will consumers have an appetite for these products?

  • Tesco gives more detail on supplier deals after scandal Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 4:55 AM ET

    LONDON, April 22- Tesco provided more information about how it accounts for relationships with suppliers on Wednesday after an accounting scandal that contributed to an annual loss of 6.4 billion pounds. Britain's biggest retailer announced last year it had overstated profits by 263 million pounds due to booking deals with suppliers too early, prompting a...

  • LONDON, April 20- European companies are heading for their best earnings season in four years, sharply outperforming their U.S. counterparts on the back of a weak euro and improving economic conditions. Investors see a pick-up in profits as crucial for underpinning confidence in Europe's nascent economic recovery, validating the European Central Bank's...

  • *Firm guides to trading profit of no more than 1.4 bln stg. LONDON, April 17- Tesco will point to recent signs of recovery when Britain's biggest retailer reports annual results on Wednesday, though an expected big writedown on the value of its stores could highlight the work still needed to mend its finances. Since joining in September from consumer goods group...

  • LONDON, April 17- Nestle became the third European food company to report better-than-expected first-quarter sales on Friday, adding to evidence that the sector is moving past the troubles of 2014.. Last year, makers of consumer packaged goods were hammered by slowed economies, including in once-hot markets such as Brazil and China. "Another European food Q1...

  • LONDON, April 16- Bosses from more than forty global companies called on negotiators to agree a United Nations climate change deal in Paris in December and pledged to make their own emission cuts, they said in an open letter published on Thursday. The letter is designed to put pressure on government officials ahead of a spring meeting of a World Bank group in...

  • LONDON, April 16- European equities retreated from 14- year highs on Thursday, led lower by shares in French retailer Casino, which reported slower sales growth, and Pearson, on a report that one of its educational technology projects was in trouble. Casino's stock dropped 4.6 percent after Societe Generale and Natixis cut their target prices, and Pearson fell 4...

  • Europe closes lower on earnings; Greek crisis worsens Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 11:31 AM ET
    A man walks inside the Athens stock exchange February 3, 2015.

    European equities closed lower on Thursday after mixed first-quarter earnings reports and as Greece's economic outlook deteriorated further.