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Unilever has been struggling to grow its sales partly, according to Bank of America analysts, due to management that is ‘overly focused’ on profitability and unwilling to step up investment

It’s five years next month since Unilever, home of household brands from Hellmann’s mayonnaise to Dove soap and Domestos disinfectant, fended off an (...)

The entrance to the Unilever building in central London. The consumer goods giant has dropped a bid for  the consumer products  division of  GlaxoSmithKline.  Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

Unilever chief executive Alan Jope faces growing pressure to deliver a new strategy after investor dissent forced the Dove soap owner to walk away fro(...)

Prices for the most common type of recycled plastic have doubled in a year to hit fresh records as companies vie for limited supplies, threatening ambitious targets set out by drinks and consumer goods groups.

Prices for the most common type of recycled plastic have doubled in a year to hit fresh records as companies vie for limited supplies, threatening amb(...)

The Dow Jones hit a record high as investors swapped technology stocks for economy-linked cyclicals. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Automotive manufacturer stocks helped drive European shares to new highs on Wednesday, even as a new year rally appeared to be running out of gas due (...)

The environmental impact of pet food production is significant, research shows. Photograph: iStock

Consumer concerns about health and the environment are spurring the rise of a new meat-free category: pet food. Amid growing pet ownership fuelled by(...)

Ryanair closed 3.34 per cent down at €15.21 having slipped to €14.90 at one point and surged to €15.50 at another. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

Shares fell across Europe as the UK signalled the introduction of further Covid curbs while vaccine makers said their jabs worked against the Omicron (...)

Photograph: iStock

European stocks inched higher on Wednesday after marking their strongest two-day gain in more than a year, with defensive stocks rising as investors w(...)

Cartier owner, Richemont, has not kept pace with competitors during a decade-long boom for the luxury industry largely driven by Chinese consumers. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Activist hedge fund Third Point has taken a stake in Swiss luxury group Richemont, which owns watch and jewellery brands Cartier and Van Cleef & A(...)

Nestlé’s Irish baby formula business, Wyeth Nutritionals, saw profit fall 13 per cent last year

Pre-tax profits at Wyeth Nutritionals, an Irish infant formula business of Swiss food giant Nestlé, fell last year by 13 per cent to €12.49 milli(...)

Port congestion at Felixstowe: Danish shipping giant Maersk has had to make ‘short-term structural changes’ to its network. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Image of the week: Up the yard Global shipping logistics is one of those complex, gargantuan fields of human endeavour that at several points in hist(...)

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