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Unilever is also preparing for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union without a deal, stockpiling a few weeks’ worth of extra inventory of some products to guard against supply disruptions. This includes deodorants made in Britain and ice creams made in continental Europe, it said on Thursday. Jope has already embraced the 2020 targets Polman set for Unilever in the wake of 2017’s rebuffed $143 billion takeover bid by Kraft Heinz. The target calls for an operating margin of 20 percent plastic button cufflinks.

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Hundreds of listed Chinese companies – from hog farmers struggling to buy pig feed, to glassware makers unable to collect receivables – flagged big losses for 2018, victim to a slowing economy and Beijing’s deleveraging. Once-acquisitive companies, who paid top dollar for assets during the boom years, are being forced to take heavy write-downs that are weighing on their balance sheets already weakened by a bruising Sino-U.S. trade war. As of Wednesday, 129 companies estimated losses in excess of 800 million yuan ($119.3 million) each for 2018, the Shanghai Securities News reported. Nearly 200 others flagged losses of over 100 million yuan each plastic button cufflinks.

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