Unilever to keep dual listing in London and Amsterdam

CONSUMER products giant Unilever yesterday kept its dual-listed structure and separate head offices after deciding not to follow the lead of fellow British-Dutch company Shell.

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Unilever Signals 11% slump in Q3 profits

CONSUMER goods giant Unilever, maker of Signal toothpaste, Sunsilk shampoo and Hellmann's mayonnaise, reported an 11 per cent dip in third-quarter profit to £696 million - despite a big rise in marketing.

Unilever may be ready to freeze out Birds Eye

CONSUMER products giant Unilever is reviewing its frozen foods arm with a view to selling some or all of its brands.

Nepalese rebel threat shuts Unilever plant

CONSUMER goods giant Unilever has shut its plant in Nepal following a threat from Maoist rebels waging a deadly revolt in the Himalayan kingdom against the Hindu monarchy.

Unilever profits slump 26%

UNILEVER, the Anglo-Dutch consumer products group, yesterday reported a 26 per cent drop in second-quarter net profits as it took another write-down on Slim.Fast, but saw its shares surge 4 per cent on signs of a turnaround in fortunes.

Unilever's profits dip to £903m as sales decline

FOOD and consumer goods giant Unilever, which issued a surprise profit warning last month, has seen pre-tax profits in the third quarter dip two per cent to £903 million.

Unilever warning dents FTSE

A SHOCK profits warning from Unilever, the consumer products giant behind some of Britain’s most popular household brands, yesterday halted the FTSE’s recent rise to two-year highs, as the company revealed that it had failed to meet performance targets for the sixth quarter in a row.

Unilever shake-up plan

UNILEVER, the Anglo-Dutch consumer products group, plans to combine all of its Dutch operating companies by the second quarter of 2005.

Unilever in £59m Mexican arm sale

UNILEVER, the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant, today continued its strategy of focusing on core brands by agreeing to sell its Mexican food oils and fats business to Associated British Foods for £59 million in cash.

Fitzgerald to quit chair of Unilever early

UNILEVER pledged to start returning more cash to shareholders yesterday after unexpectedly announcing that its chairman, Niall FitzGerald, is set to step down. The consumer goods giant, which counts Knorr soups and Hellmann’s mayonnaise among its brands, posted a 21 per cent jump in full-year profits to 4.8 billion (£3.3 billion). But its sales growth of 2.5 per cent fell short of the 5-6 per cent promised 12 months ago.

Birds Eye jobs under threat

UNILEVER, the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant, has confirmed it is reviewing its Birds Eye frozen food business in the UK. But it insisted any potential job cuts would be less than the 1000 mentioned in some reports.

Unilever offloads cleaning arm

ANGLO-DUTCH consumer products group Unilever has completed the sale of its DiverseyLever cleaning business to Johnson Wax Professional for £1 billion.

Unilever cleans up in £1.07bn disposal

UNILEVER, the British/Dutch consumer products giant, continued its slimdown yesterday when it announced it had completed the £1.07 billion sale of its DiverseyLever cleaning business to Johnson Wax Professional.

Are Unilever shares outperforming?

NIALL FitzGerald, Unilever’s effervescent chairman, makes the usual noises about the company’s progress, with measured words such as "sound".

Unilever profits soar 35 per cent

UNILEVER, maker of a range of household items from Persil soap powder to Flora margarine, reported a 35 per cent increase in profits, boosting its shares to their highest in eight months.

Unilever cleans up as profits leap 62%

CONSUMER products giant Unilever - maker of goods ranging from Lipton tea to Dove soap - today reported surging first quarter profits and said it was on target for double-digit earnings growth this year.

Unilever backs agriculture reforms

THE industrial giant Unilever joined calls for a radical overhaul of the European Union’s agriculture policy, calling it wasteful and harmful to the environment.

Unilever sees profits rise 12%

UNILEVER, maker of a host of everyday items ranging from Flora margarine to Persil washing powder, reported a 12 per cent increase in profits and insisted it was on target for double-digit growth as its product range is not affected by recession.

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