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I think Unilever shares belong in a recession-proof portfolio

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I think Unilever shares belong in a recession-proof portfolio. We are almost at the tail end of nearly a decade of economic growth and although there have been a few short-lived downturns over the past 10 years, most economies have enjoyed stable growth since the crisis of 2008/09. Earlier in the month, UK and global equity markets went into a tailspin when the US Treasury yield curve briefly inverted as short-term yields traded above those of the long-term variety, something that is seen to signal an approaching recession. Now in August, experts are again sounding the warning for a potential recession. If you think an economic slump may be almost upon us, you may want to reconsider your portfolio diversification strategy as certain industries and stocks tend to do better in times of slower economic growth.

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Could Unilever be the most dependable FTSE 100 stock right now?

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Fool.co.uk23 August 2019, 08:32 UTC. As volatility swirls in the economy, investors like me seek refuge in mundane stocks with a track record of retaining value. Predictability and durability are critical when the yield curve has inverted and global trade is at risk. While some investors might diversify into gold, real estate or even Bitcoin at times like these, I prefer to invest in companies with stable cash flows, low debt, considerable global diversification and a product that is seemingly indispensable. Despite all the turmoil in the UK and around the world over the past five years, Unilever’s stock is up a whopping 75% over that period. That means the company can be expected to grow at a rate of low single-digits for decades to come, making it the most reliable FTSE 100 stock for investors like me.

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Global Toilet Care Market Outlook 2019-2023 with Henkel, Kao Corp, Reckitt Benckiser Group, The Clorox Co, and Unilever Dominating - ResearchAndMarkets.com

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Global Toilet Care Market Outlook 2019-2023 with Henkel, Kao Corp, Reckitt Benckiser Group, The Clorox Co, and Unilever Dominating - ResearchAndMarkets.com. Several organizations and governments in developing countries are undertaking initiatives to expand proper sanitation facilities by increasing the number of toilets. For instance, the Federal Government of Nigeria recently signed an agreement with the Kano State Government to improve sanitary facilities. The report looks at factors such as expansions of commercial end-users, increasing awareness of health and hygiene, and new product launches. However, poor access to proper toilet facilities, health hazards caused by toilet care products, and the increasing availability of counterfeit products may hamper the growth of the toilet care industry over the forecast period. This robust vendor analysis is designed to help clients improve their market position, and in line with this, this report provides a detailed analysis of several toilet care manufacturers, including:.

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Monday, July 29


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South Africa Cosmetics Markets 2019: Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble Account for the Majority of Sales

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DUBLIN, July 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The "The Cosmetics Industry in South Africa 2019" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. There are around 250 players operating in South Africa's formal cosmetics sector, with the growth over the past two years coming mainly from the SMME sector. Cosmetic companies have become more aware of diversity and representation, consumer concerns about sustainability and the use of organic products, and the growing interest in cosmetics by male customers. Lee Chem Laboratories (Pty) Ltd. M3 Cosmetic Labs South Africa (Pty) Ltd. Marico South Africa (Pty) Ltd. Oh-Lief Natural Products (Pty) Ltd. Tartan Timbers (Pty) Ltd. Willa Krause Group (Pty) Ltd. Isabella Garcia International (Pty) Ltd. Catwalk Cosmetic Laboratories (Pty) Ltd. Premier FMCG (Pty) Ltd. Amka Products (Pty) Ltd. Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd. Tiger Consumer Brands Ltd. Reckitt Benckiser South Africa (Pty) Ltd. Prime Product Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd. Unilever South Africa (Pty) Ltd. Revlon South Africa (Pty) Ltd. Johnson and Johnson (Pty) Ltd. CAVI Brands (Pty) Ltd. Estee Lauder Companies (Pty) Ltd. Elizabeth Arden (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd.

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Friday, July 26


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Is Personal Care Segment Revenue Driving Unilever's Total Revenue Growth?

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Great SpeculationsContributor GroupOpinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Unilever recently released its first half year results where revenue stood at around €26.1 billion, down 0.9% y-o-y, while earnings were reported at €1.14, up by 3.4%. How has Unilever’s Revenue moved in the past and what is its forecast? Trefis estimates the revenue to fall to $8.9 billion in 2019. Colgate Oral, Personal & Home Care segment revenue grew from $12.9 billion in 2016 to $13.2 billion in 2018. Led by MIT engineers and Wall Street analysts, Trefis (through its dashboards platform dashboards.trefis.com) helps you understand how a company's products, that you touch, read, or hear about everyday, impact its stock price.

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Thursday, July 25


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Unilever N.V. (UN) Q2 2019 Earnings Call Transcript

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With all that said, we do remain on track officer a full year delivery of 3% to 4% growth and remain committed to continuing to accelerate that top line by, as I've said many times, evolving our portfolio, continuing our progress in developing the faster-growing channels, and by fully leveraging our unique geographic presence. So, let me get into a little bit more detail if we can go to the next chart, please. So, we delivered 3.3% underlying sales growth in the first half, balanced between price and volume and this was very much led by emerging markets, which grew 6.2% in the half, accelerating to 7.4% in the quarter. Growth in skincare has been well supported by the marketing shift that we've talked about to a more data-driven marketing approach, also being used in China where we're seeing strong growth of Ponds, Dove, and Vaseline, all of our core brands. Interestingly, bouillons, which has been picked up by the trend toward scratch cooking, and snack meals catering to the convenience trend, those really highlighted how important it is to continue to get more of our foods business into on trend segments and it's one of the reasons why Germany remains a tough market for our savory foods business. First of all, there are some channels that are showing consistent high growth and it is things like e-commerce, out of home eating, actually proximity stores in emerging markets, beauty stores, and discounters. What we know specific to your question on e-commerce and discounters is that we have a slightly lower than fair share in both, that we are growing faster than the market in both, and particularly in the case of e-commerce, the faster we grow our e-commerce business, the better it is for our margins.

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Forget buy-to-let, Bitcoin and the Cash ISA! I’d buy the Unilever share price now

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Fool.co.uk25 July 2019, 10:04 UTC. While we swelter in the midst of July’s record-breaking heatwave, it’s easy to forget how grey and wet May and June were. This morning’s first-half results report that market growth in Europe and North America was held back by the impact of disappointing weather on ice cream sales. “For the full year, we continue to expect underlying sales growth to be in the lower half of our multi-year 3-5% range,” he said, looking forward to another year of strong free cash flow. Today’s results may not be the most exciting, but with City analysts forecasting 8% earnings per share growth in 2019 and 10% next year, Unilever remains a buy, whatever the weather.

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Unilever second-quarter sales slip as wet weather hits Europe - CNA

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Unilever second-quarter sales slip as wet weather hits Europe. REUTERS: Consumer goods giant Unilever Plc reported slightly weaker-than-expected quarterly underlying sales growth on Thursday, hit by wet weather in Europe and moderating growth in India, but kept its full-year sales target intact. Wet weather in Europe dampened ice-cream sales following two straight seasons of hot summers, while growth in India slowed again as a late monsoon season and lower food inflation weakened rural demand. Growth mainly came from emerging markets, where the company continued to win volume share in places like Indonesia and the Philippines, even though sales in India decelerated to 7per cent in the second quarter from 9per cent in the previous three months.

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UPDATE 2-Unilever Q2 sales miss estimates hurt by rain in Europe

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UPDATE 2-Unilever Q2 sales miss estimates hurt by rain in Europe. July 25 (Reuters) - Consumer goods giant Unilever Plc reported slightly weaker-than-expected quarterly underlying sales growth on Thursday, hit by wet weather in Europe, but kept its full-year sales targets intact. The company said it continues to expect full-year underlying sales growth to be in the lower half of its multi-year 3% to 5% target range and operating margin to reach 20% in 2020. The maker of Dove soap and Ben & Jerry's ice cream said underlying sales rose 3.5% in the second quarter, but that missed analysts' average estimates of a 3.7% rise, according to a company-supplied consensus.

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Unilever second-quarter sales growth falls short of estimates

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(Reuters) - Consumer goods giant Unilever Plc <ULVR.L> <UNc.AS> reported slightly weaker-than-expected quarterly underlying sales growth on Thursday, hit by wet weather in Europe and North America, and moderating growth in India. The maker of Dove soap and Ben & Jerry's ice cream said underlying sales rose 3.5% in the second quarter. "Accelerating growth remains our top priority and we continue to evolve our portfolio and seek out fast growth channel and geographical opportunities, as well as address those performance hotspots where growth is falling short of our aspirations," Chief Executive Officer Alan Jope said. Underlying sales in emerging markets rose 7.4% in the quarter, while they fell 1.6% in developed markets, mainly due to lower ice-cream sales in Europe during the months of April and May.

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