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Colgate on acquisitions

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Colgate-Palmolive would "not easily move into" OTC or pharmaceutical categories, CEO Reuben Mark stated during the Sanford Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference June 1. Colgate has been identified as a potential bidder for Pfizer's Consumer Healthcare unit, which includes the Listerine oral care brand (1"The Tan Sheet" May 29, 2006, p. 6). Pfizer has expressed that it is not interested in selling its brands individually. Separately, Mark noted the firm's advertising spend will be up a record 13%-14% for the full year. Colgate put $297.1 mil. behind its global brands in the first quarter (2"The Tan Sheet" May 15, 2006, p. 11). The company also spent a record amount on advertising last year, with spending up 11.5%, according to the exec...

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