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Detergent firms in a lather over price-fixing fine

European Union regulators are set to fine Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumer giant behind Omo and Surf, and Procter & Gamble, the US group behind Ariel and Tide, for fixing detergent prices. Germany's Henkel, which makes Persil and which alerted the European Commission to the cartel, is not expected to be penalised. An announcement is expected today. The fines are likely to be cut by 10% in return for admissions that the firms participated in the cartel.