Business Today Archive June 12, 2011 Issue

Edition: June 12, 2011

Cover Story

How the top brass turned around HUL fortunes

How the top brass turned around HUL fortunes

The Indian arm of Unilever, under the leadership of Harish Manwani and Nitin Paranjpe, seems to have shed its margin obsession now. In fact, over the past five quarters, the company has successfully driven its volume sales up at the cost of profit margins, or the ratio of profit to revenues.
People invest huge sums in buying a home, but many make the mistake of forgetting to insure it.
The new chief minister of West Bengal has achieved her goal of demolishing the Left in Bengal. Now comes the tough part.
BT talks to Amit Mitra about his plans for Bengal
Editor's Note
The days when our homes were dominated by Dalda, and Lifebuoy, and Sunlight are long gone. If you walk into a kirana store or a supermarket you are spoilt for choice.
The book shows Chinese companies too are innovating fast, says Shamni Pande.
Starring: Ankur Bhatia, Ranu Kawatra, Rahul Munjal, Rishad Tobaccowala, Ashwin Deo and Adam Gurian.
Leadership Spotlight
The chairman of India Infoline Nirmal Jain talks about his leadership style.
Unrealistic assumptions made while fixing fiscal deficit targets have come unstuck and may hurt efforts to control inflation.
Innovate or perish has become a rallying call among FMCG companies of late. However, most innovations perish rapidly post launch.
BT More
The latest generation of the Hyundai Change Verna is out with the mission of becoming a game changer in India.
Firms are logging in to social networking sites to pick up the right candidates. A study reveals 90 per cent of Indian employees have individual accounts on social media sites, of which 81 per cent use them for professional purposes.
Your cover story, This Time for Africa (May 29), truly captures a continent brimming with opportunities.
A 2009 meeting of McDonald's India executives has culminated in the launch of 'McSpicy Paneer' in end-March this year. The offering that has proved so popular that most outlets keep running out of stock every day.
Intel's Ivy Bridge processors will mark a paradigm shift in computing.
Case Study
The 100-year old TVS group with a unique achievement - it has never faced a serious labour problem. The first company of the group, TVS & Sons, set up in 1911, has a strike-free record. So do the other 30-odd companies.
With Mamata Banerjee in power in West Bengal, the world of business expects big changes on the ground there. So is the case with J. Jayalalithaa, the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
Executive Health
Though perceived as an ailment of the aged, arthritis often afflicts people as young as 40, says Rahul Sachitanand.

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