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5 Surprising Companies Going Green

When one thinks of green businesses, names like Whole Foods and Patagonia spring to mind. But there are other big firms whose major environmental efforts may surprise you.

Markets Cautious Ahead of Debt Ceiling Vote

Stock markets traded cautiously on Wednesday ahead of a U.S. vote on raising the nation's borrowing limit temporarily. The House is set to vote on a motion to increase the nation's $16.4 trillion borrowing ceiling for three months.

Burger King Has a Soft Spot for Chickens

Burger King may have to shell out a bit more, but it has committed to switching over to using only eggs laid by cage-free chickens. It's not just humane -- it's good business, and it may push corporate egg producers to follow BK's lead.

What Mark Zuckerberg Can Learn From Ben and Jerry

Facebook's first few days as a public company have been a rocky road. Moving ahead, Mark Zuckerberg would do well to recall the lesson of two other iconoclastic company founders: Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. The tale of Ben & Jerry bears a bracing similarity to his own.

The 11 Brands With the Most Loyal Customers

Brand loyalty: It's why we buy a lot of what we buy, and any company that sells anything is striving to induce that feeling in its potential customers. Last week, research consultancy Brand Keys revealed which American companies do it best.

Why Ben & Jerry's Is Raising Eyebrows

Ben & Jerry's, the progressive ice cream brand with the hippie ethos, has announced its support for Occupy Wall Street. But the free ice cream it donated Tuesday was cold comfort to some protesters, who wondered how a brand owned by a mammoth multinational conglomerate can genuinely support their anti-corporate message.

Unilever CEO Expects to Catch P&G in Five Years

Unilever CEO Paul Polman recently admitted that his company had grown "too little" over the past 10 to 15 years, but said he expects it to catch up with rivals such as Procter & Gamble within the next five years. Find out why Trefis sees the stock as a buy, though it believes that goal may be out of reach.

Unilever Bulks Up in China With an Eye on the Future

Unilever, the second largest consumer goods company in the world, recently announced plans to build one of its largest production bases in China. Unilever already has sales in China worth over $20 billion and anticipates a substantial increase in this figure in the years ahead.

What Companies Will Quench Japan's Thirst for Safe Water?

The Japanese are stockpiling bottled water and other drinks after being warned that unsafe levels of radioactive iodine had been found in Tokyo's tap water. That moved investors to jump on the stocks of beverage makers, but only a few companies are in a position to meet Japan's rising demand.

Unilever Gets Approval to Buy Sara Lee Unit

Unilever (UL) won approval from the European Union to buy Sara Lee Corp%u2019s (SLE) shower gel and European detergents business. Unilever agreed to sell off the Sanex deodorant and body-wash brands in the region as part of the deal, Bloomberg News reported. The sale allays competition worries about the 1.3 billion euro ($1.76 billion) deal, the European Commission said.

Unilever Earnings Rise on Strong Sales, Weak Euro

Consumer goods company Unilever NV (UL) reported third quarter earnings of 0.43 euros per diluted share, up from 0.36 euros a year earlier. Sales rose 13.2% to 11.5 billion euros ($16.4 billion), driven by a strong performance in emerging markets, the company said in a statement.

Unilever to Buy Alberto Culver for $3.7 Billion

Unilever (UL) agreed to buy beauty care company Alberto Culver Company for $3.7 billion in cash. The deal will make Unilever the world%u2019s leading company in hair conditioning, the second largest in shampoo and the third largest in hair styling, Unilever said in a statement. Alberto Culver had sales of about $1.6 billion for the 12 months ending June 30.

Unilever Explores Earth-Friendly Alternative to Palm Oil

Cheap, versatile palm oil has long been used as an ingredient in everything from ice cream and chips to lotions and soaps. But its production causes severe environmental damage, which is why Unilever, the world's biggest buyer of palm oil, has decided to try an alternative: oil from algae.

Kraft Earnings Top Wall Street Estimates

Kraft Foods reported a 13% jump in second-quarter profit on improved sales in Europe and emerging markets. Kraft gained greater exposure to these markets following its $19 billion Cadbury deal.

Richest Americans You've Never Heard Of

Microsoft's Bill Gates, Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett and Apple's Steve Jobs are all household names in addition to being among the wealthiest people in the country. But do you know Fred DeLuca, Peter Buck or Donald Hall? Probably not. Yet their products are likely an integral part of your daily life. So here is our list of the billionaires no one has heard of -- until now.

Unilever's Sara Lee Deal Hits Speed Bump in EU

Unilever's $1.3 billion proposal to acquire Sara Lee's household and body products operation ran into a snag Monday when European antitrust regulators announced they are opening a deeper investigation into the proposed transaction.

Do Ads With Heavier Models Take a Heavy Toll on Profits?

The push to show "real" women in advertising seemed like a victory for womankind. But new research from Arizona State University suggests that all of those ads and magazines featuring everyday women can sometimes backfire -- and, in some cases, even make women feel worse.