Unilever Shows It Can Still Scrub Up Well

Unilever is playing a poor hand well. A big food-service business and exposure to emerging markets will remain a problem, but the company showed new strengths in its second quarter. The maker of Dove soap and Hellman’s mayonnaise said Thursday that sales in the three months through June were roughly flat compared with the same period of 2019, stripping out the impact of currency and portfolio changes. That easily beat the 4.3% decline that analysts covering the stock were expecting. Unilever’s shares jumped 8% in early trading,…


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