No great surprises and wasn't expecting any - this is a steady share that everyone should have in their portfolio just sitting there and let those divi's come in. Great share great company.
10 Jun '14
RE: End of last May
or the froth coming off the top
27 May '14
End of last May
We dropped about 10% from a high in about 4 weeks. Was that the "sell in May" effect?
6 May '14
Did you write all of that or did you nick this from somewhere? Either way thank you for posting. As someone looking to buy into ULVR at some point this is very helpful :)
27 Apr '14
Positive Points: Underlying group sales growth of 3.6% was reported, with emerging markets up 6.6%. The Chief Executive noted that "we delivered good growth in the first quarter despite slowing markets and a tough competitive environment." The group noted that "we continue to deliver strong, margin-accretive innovations whilst embedding operational discipline across our markets. We continued to drive savings programmes and take selective pricing to offset commodity cost increases." The Chief Executive highlighted that "we continue to invest in our brands so that they are well-placed to benefit from the significant longer term growth opportunity that will come from growing populations and higher disposable income (in the emerging markets)." Given difficulties for its Spreads business, management previously noted that "we are taking action to enhance the naturalness of our products." Group outlook comments noted that "we remain focused on achieving another year of profitable volume growth ahead of our markets, steady and sustainable core operating margin improvement and strong cash flow." In 2013, Unilever spent 2.45 billion euros ($3.2 billion) to boost its holding in its Indian subsidiary to 67% from 52%. A dividend yield of over 3% (as of 24 April 2014 - not guaranteed) remains attractive in the current low interest rate environment..............
27 Apr '14
Negative Points: Group turnover decreased by 6.3% to €11.4 billion, with a negative currency impact of (8.9%). Management noted that "Market growth continued to slow in the emerging markets, particularly in South Asia and South East Asia." The company pointed to weak market conditions in Russia. The group highlighted that "As previously disclosed, along with other consumer products companies and retail customers, Unilever is involved in a number of ongoing investigations by national competition authorities. These proceedings and investigations are at various stages and concern a variety of product markets." In the second half of 2013 Unilever recognised provisions of €120 million related to these cases, disclosed within non-core items. In North America, foods sales were the hit by the timing of Easter and the decline of the margarine market, along with weak sales in dressings. Broader consumer health concerns may be a factor hindering its Spreads business. Closing net debt at 31 December 2013 was €8.5 billion versus €7.4 billion as at 31 December 2012. The main factor driving the increase was the impact of a €2.5 billion cash outflow to increase the Group's interest in Hindustan Unilever Limited from 52.48% to 67.28%. The company previously noted that "we continue to see high levels of competition in many markets and promotional intensity remains high."
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