Consumer Products


The consumer-products seller is seeking more time to file its annual report after it disclosed an internal accounting investigation and warned of pressures on its sales and profit.

Heard on the Street

The fastest way for consumer-product manufacturers to improve sales growth—their No. 1 priority—is to unload unfashionable brands that are dragging down their performance. So it is a puzzle why they are selling so little.


The Trump administration is scheduled to apply tariffs on $156 billion in Chinese imports of mostly consumer goods, adding to the $361 billion in tariffs already in place on the products Americans buy from Chinese manufacturers, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.


Like Wrangler and Levi’s, more and more brands have become associated with Republicans or Democrats, because of companies’ political stances as well as the shifts that have divided urban and rural voters.

CIO Journal

Jim Swanson, formerly a technology executive at Bayer’s crop-science division, has joined Johnson & Johnson as chief information officer.

The A-hed

‘Is it normal for your face to look like a war zone?’ People are ditching cutting-edge technology for old-style double-edge blades to reconnect with the past, cut costs and save the planet, at the risk of a little bloodletting.


Some companies aren’t recognizing the costs of Treasury regulations meant to address tax abuses during gaps resulting from the 2017 tax law. Newell Brands, which makes Elmer’s Glue, faces up to $220 million in taxes.


J&J raised its forecast of 2019 sales as it reported quarterly results, but costly product litigation continues to weigh on the health-care giant.


The acting chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Ann Marie Buerkle, said she was withdrawing her nomination to serve as the commission’s chief, and won’t serve an additional term at the agency.


Nestle has entered exclusive talks to sell its skin-health business to private-equity firm EQT and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority for $10.1 billion, its latest move to reshape its portfolio and revive sluggish growth.