Unilever in India: Managing Brand Extensions


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Case Code : MKTA022
Case Length : 18 Pages
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Pub Date : 2005
Teaching Note :Not Available
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Exhibits

Exhibit I: Lifebuoy
Exhibit II: Fair & Lovely
Exhibit III: Lux
Exhibit IV: Pond's
Exhibit V: Clinic All Clear
Exhibit VI: Sunsilk
Exhibit VII: Lakme
Exhibit VIII: Axe
Exhibit IX: Lakme Beauty Salon
Exhibit X: HLL Brand Activity Since 2000

 

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