Unilever reports less sales, more profits

Unilever reports less sales, more profits

Unilever sold fewer products in the past six months, but earned more. By raising prices themselves, the London food giant suffered little from inflation. “Unilever has delivered half a year that builds on our momentum from 2021, despite the challenges of high inflation and lower global growth,” said Alan Jope, Unilever CEO. The London food giant saw sales increase in the US and Indian markets in particular. Internet sales also increased significantly. Sales in a third major market, China, lagged, mainly due to Corona lockdowns in that country. Sales volume…

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Doel 4 and Tihange 3 nuclear power plants cleared to operate for another decade

Doel 4 and Tihange 3 nuclear power plants cleared to operate for another decade

The Belgian Doel 4 and Tihange 3 nuclear power plants will remain open for another 10 years from November 2026. Prime Minister De Croo announced that he has concluded an agreement in principle with the energy company Engie. “This agreement is a first crucial step and an important sign of trust between both parties,” De Croo said on Twitter. Last March, the Belgian government already announced that it would keep the two youngest nuclear power plants open longer and still not close them by the end of 2025. But an…

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Plum, the smart money app, is now available in Belgium

Plum, the smart money app, is now available in Belgium

Plum, the so-called smart money app with 1.3 million users worldwide, is now also active in Belgium. The app is connected to nine major Belgian banks. New banks will be added in the coming weeks. Belgians can now link their accounts to those nine banks with which Plum has an agreement in our country. These are banks that, according to Plum, serve more than 80 percent of Belgian banking customers, including BNP Paribas Fortis, ING, and Hello Bank. Once the account is linked, Plum’s artificial intelligence analyzes the customer’s transactions…

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Geoffroy Gersdorff returns to Carrefour Belgium

Geoffroy Gersdorff returns to Carrefour Belgium

Surprising change of Management at Carrefour: Geoffroy Gersdorff returns from his headquarters in Massy after more than two years and will become Managing Director Belgium from Monday 4 July. Geoffroy Gerdorff, who was previously director of Offre et Marchandise for the Carrefour Group, will be appointed Managing Director Belgium with effect from 4 July. The retailer said in a press release. Gersdorff has been working for Carrefour (then GB) in various positions since 1997, both in Belgium and at Group level. Between 2011 and 2013, he was responsible for the…

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OBO supplied cable ducts for Belgium’s longest car tunnel

OBO supplied cable ducts for Belgium’s longest car tunnel

OBO has supplied cable ducts and fastening systems for the renovation of Belgium’s longest car tunnel. The Annie Cordy tunnel, formerly known as the Leopold II tunnel, has a total length of 2.5 kilometers and is used by 65,000 vehicles daily. The tunnel was built in 1986 and connects the Basilica of Koekelberg with the inner ring. The renovation of the tunnel should be completed in 2022. OBO was selected for this project, because the company was able to provide products that have a service life of up to 25…

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A fourth telecom provider enters the market in Belgium

A fourth telecom provider enters the market in Belgium

DIGI is the fifth telecom provider to establish itself on the Belgian market. This became clear after the auction of 5G frequencies for our country. The company DIGI consists of the West Flemish telecom specialist Citymesh from Bruges and the Romanian provider Digi Communications. This is the first time in 20 years that a new player is entering this market in Belgium. So far, the telecom providers Proximus, Telenet and Orange have split the mobile communications market in Belgium. In addition, there is the Walloon provider Network Research Belgium (NRB)…

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Belgium readies for the natural gas shortage

Belgium readies for the natural gas shortage

The Belgian federal government is currently finetuning a shutdown plan for gas if the conflict with Russia should lead to an effective shortage. At the request of Federal Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten from the Flemish Greens (Groen), a survey was sent to around 1,000 large industrial consumers in the country with the aim of finding out where their opportunities or problems lie if the gas supply is cut off. The last thing the government wants is to turn off the gas tap to private households in the country….

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Discrimination lawsuits rule the pandemic era

Discrimination lawsuits rule the pandemic era

From the Covid Safe Ticket to the vaccination campaign, the pandemic largely drove a rise in the number of discrimination cases opened in Belgium last year. A total of 10,610 reports for suspected offences of discrimination, hate messages and hate crimes were received by Belgium’s independent public institution that fights discrimination, Unia, in 2021, an increase of 12% compared to the previous year. The organisation opened 2,379 individual files regarding complaints (+9%). “Behind these files are mainly 2,379 people who have felt discriminated against and for whom Unia reached out…

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Kazakhstan may offer much needed relief at metal markets – Kenges Rakishev

Kazakhstan may offer much needed relief at metal markets – Kenges Rakishev

With G7 putting several Russian metal mining companies the world may face scarcity for several important commodities. It may present opportunity for investors to grab some market share. Kenges Rakishev, an experienced Kazakhstani businessmen offers for the public Gornostaevskoye mining field: a large deposit of nickel and cobalt in Kazakhstan. Rakishev offers it putting a great attention to the environmental issues: metals will be extracted by leaching, which will greatly reduce the risks of pollution. Kenges Rakishev is about to bring Gornostaevskoye to market. It is controlled by his Battery…

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Belgium bets on green hydrogen, following the German choice

Belgium bets on green hydrogen, following the German choice

The Flemish University of Applied Sciences VIVES will open a new hydrogen Research Center on the Kortrijk campus tomorrow, April 28. The opening is part of the Hydrogen Technology Event, the first hydrogen event in Flanders organized by VIVES and KU Leuven. Hydrogen as an energy carrier plays a crucial role in the energy transition. In industries but also in mobility. In order to achieve the set climate goals, it is necessary to accelerate. Through the Hydrogen Technology Event, this knowledge is bundled in a well-filled program through key notes…

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