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P&G earnings beat as struggling retailers, costs eat into margins

The world's largest consumer goods maker Procter & Gamble Co narrowly beat quarterly earnings expectations on Thursday, saying shrinking retailer inventories and higher commodities and transportation costs squeezed margins.

P&G's vitamin boost could signal more to come

LONDON/CHICAGO Procter & Gamble's $4.2 billion deal for Merck's vitamin and supplements business demonstrates that major consumer companies remain hungry for health-related products.

UPDATE 1-P&G's vitamin boost could signal more to come

* Health and wellness seen as attractive to younger consumers

P&G's vitamin boost could signal more to come

LONDON/CHICAGO, April 20 Procter & Gamble's $4.2 billion deal for Merck's vitamin and supplements business is the latest example of a major consumer company stocking up on health-related products.

P&G to buy German Merck's consumer health unit for $4.2 billion

Procter & Gamble Co (P&G) has agreed to acquire Merck KGaA's consumer health unit for 3.4 billion euros ($4.2 billion), giving it vitamin brands such as Seven Seas and greater exposure to Latin American and Asian markets.

UPDATE 3-P&G to buy German Merck's consumer health unit for $4.2 bln

* Merck to update earnings guidance at Q1 results (Adds Breakingviews link)

P&G, Nestle, Unilever forgo price increases to move product

ZURICH/LONDON/CHICAGO Quarterly sales growth at Nestle, Procter & Gamble and Unilever was driven almost entirely by shifting more goods, in a stark illustration of how hard it is for consumer products makers to raise prices in a competitive retail environment. | Video

WRAPUP 2-P&G, Nestle, Unilever forgo price increases to move product

* Nestle shares up, Unilever and P&G down (Adds comments from P&G CEO, Unilever CFO, background on rising freight costs; updates shares)

UPDATE 2-P&G earnings beat as struggling retailers, costs eat into margins

April 19 The world's largest consumer goods maker Procter & Gamble Co narrowly beat quarterly earnings expectations on Thursday, saying shrinking retailer inventories and higher commodities and transportation costs squeezed margins.

Breakingviews - P&G drug deal needs vitamin shot to persuade Peltz

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Buying stuff is not the standard prescription for companies under pressure from activist investors. Procter & Gamble’s 3.4 billion euro splurge on Merck KGaA’s consumer unit, the maker of Seven Seas vitamin pills, will need a booster shot to earn the support of newly appointed board member Nelson Peltz.

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