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Soaps and Detergents

1:38 PM MDT | January 24, 2007 | Kate Phillips and Esther D’Amico with Kerri Walsh

Major soaps and detergents producers say they cleaned up last year largely because of successful product price increases that helped to offset higher energy and raw material costs. Many of these soapers have also launched new products, developed brand extensions, cut costs, and undertaken major advertising campaigns to boost sales in the last year. Suppliers, meanwhile, say they have been struggling with high energy, freight, and raw material costs, and that they intend on working closer with their customers to improve efficiencies and cost savings. The retail...

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