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A man takes a bar of Hindustan Unilever Ltd. Lux soap off a shelf at a store in Mumbai, India. (Representational Image) | Photographer: Kuni Takahashi | Bloomberg

Profit jumps for Indian consumer goods giant despite lockdown as people stocked essentials

Prospects for Hindustan Unilever will now depend on how quickly the Indian economy rebounds after the government started easing the lockdown.
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Unilever’s Facebook ad boycott only applies to US, won’t affect Indian subsidiary HUL

Unilever will be stopping ads on platforms like Facebook & Twitter as part of a US campaign aimed at building pressure on social media sites to crack down on hate speech.
A billboard ad for Fair & Lovely fairness cream | Flickr

Must be inclusive and diverse — HUL drops ‘Fair’ from their ‘Fair & Lovely’ product line

In a statement Thursday, the company said the advertisements of 'Fair & Lovely' will also now feature women of different skin colours.

Dropping ‘Fair’ from Fair & Lovely won’t erase Indian racism

Johnsons & Johnsons, Hindustan Unilever, and even Shaadi.com, are introspecting their contribution to racism. But re-branding products is not enough.
A man takes a bar of Hindustan Unilever Ltd. Lux soap off a shelf at a store in Mumbai, India. (Representational Image) | Photographer: Kuni Takahashi | Bloomberg

Surging soap demand makes Hindustan Unilever India’s best stock

Hindustan Unilever has surged as bottles of hand-wash, detergents and floor cleaner fly off the shelves amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Products of Hindustan Unilever are sold at a retail stop in MumbaI |Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg

How Hindustan Unilever became a CEO factory and a company with good middle-class values

A Raigarh incident from the Emergency era shows why HUL holds its values dear, writes Sudhir Sitapati in his book The CEO Factory.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Le Sancy, the soap that made Rahul a name to remember way before Shah Rukh Khan

The boat-shaped soap was a case of great advertising that just didn't work.
A man stands in front of an electronic ticker board showing stock information figures outside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai

A $13 billion fund still has faith in Indian consumer stocks, sees slowdown temporary

Aditya Birla Sunlife Mutual Fund believes consumer stocks offer stability & steady growth and doesn’t expect valuations to correct too much.
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Slowdown hits India’s consumer stocks, cause double-digit losses in 2019

India’s consumption engine is sputtering as cash crunch caused by NBFC crisis has curbed spending even on staples after hurting demand for cars & homes.
Captain Cook

How a salt brand named after a British explorer took on the ‘desh ka namak’

Tata Salt promoted itself as the ‘iodised salt’, but Captain Cook raced ahead by positioning itself as the ‘free flowing, iodised salt’.

On Camera

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Critics complain about reform delay in post-370 Kashmir. But India’s foes already rattled

One of the reasons China is upping the ante in Ladakh is in recognition of the fact that abrogation of Article 370 can alter India’s strategic periphery.
A sign reading "Bitcoin Accepted Here" is displayed next to a cash register at The Pink Cow restaurant and bar in Tokyo, Japan. | Photographer: Yuriko Nakao | Bloomberg

Bitcoin run is again giving bulls hope for prices beyond $12,000

The digital-asset community tends toward Bitcoin bullishness at pretty much any time, but there are indications the increase might be more sustainable this time around.

Defence

The national flags of China and India (Representational Image) | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

No progress made in India-China major general-level talks, all eyes now on diplomatic parleys

Talks were held Sunday over Depsang Plains tensions. Next round of meeting under Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination is being scheduled now.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.