Consumer giant Unilever has vindicated its recent decision to rebuff a persistent takeover effort by American Kraft Heinz as it posted rising sales and profits for the first half of 2017. The company behind popular brands such as Marmite, Dove soap and Persil laundry detergent said underlying sales rose by 3 per cent in the first half despite ‘volatile’ market conditions.
Mothercare’s sales continued to grow in its first quarter as its turnaround plan paid off, but it warned of the impact of rising inflation on UK customers and a further decline in its Middle East business. The retailer, which sells baby and mother clothing and accessories, posted a 1.9 per cent rise in UK like-for-like sales in the first quarter to 8 July, but store closures meant total sales fell 1.8 per cent.
Mike Ashley's Sports Direct has blamed the pound's plunge for a near-60 per cent fall in full year profits, but claimed it was on course to become the 'Selfridges of sport'. The discount retailer, which has been hit by a scandal over its poor treatment of workers at its warehouse in Shirebrook, also announced it had appointed Jon Kempster as its new chief financial officer.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".