Tesco v. Unilever: Marmite Off the Shelf

October 14, 2016

Anglo-Dutch food giant Unilever reported like-for-like sales growth of 3.2 percent for the third quarter. But, the market is hardly excited because the so-called growth was thanks to the controversial price increases from the company to offset currency devaluations. Stay tuned to Sentifi to get all the latest updates about Unilever.

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Unilever: Shares fall 4 percent on artificial growth


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Unilever lost nearly £900 million of its market value after the markets realized the company’s turnover at actual exchange rates was unchanged year-over-year. The company has been bombarded with criticism and controversy after jacking up the price of Marmite and Hellmann’s mayonnaise. Moreover, it is facing low growth and tough competition from e-commerce businesses, while changing tastes have intensified.

Tesco: Refuses to carry Marmite and other products after Unilever wants to hike the prices


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A standoff over price increases has broken out between Tesco and Unilever. In order to offset a plunge in pound by passing those expenses along to retailers, Unilever wants to increase the prices of its products by 10 percent. And Tesco didn’t take the news too well, deciding to stop carrying many of Unilever’s products. Tesco is Unilever’s third-biggest customer.

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HP: Cuts 4,000 jobs worldwide


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HP Inc., the hardware business of the former Hewlett-Packard, announced the plan for the job cut as part of a restructuring plan. The company expects to get $200 million to $300 million in annual savings from the cut. Unfortunately, the cut could cost the company $500 million in charges.

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