FOLLOWING decades of solid and dependable growth, the future for many global brands started getting hazy in 2012. That is when, despite steadily rising global demand, a series of events began taking...

EUROPE'S consumer-goods giants are stepping up their response to the activist threat by cutting costs, shedding underperforming brands and returning cash to investors. ...

FROM Coca-Cola and Nestlé to Unilever and Procter & Gamble, the fast-moving consumer goods industry has traditionally been dominated by giants.