Consumer Products

Business

General Electric is getting out of the business of making lightbulbs, selling a unit that defined the company for nearly a century and was its last direct link to consumers.

Markets

Tupperware Brands is looking to ease its debt burden, entering a new phase in its effort to turn around a business struggling with coronavirus lockdowns and shifts in shopping habits.

Logistics Report

Trucking companies that deliver goods to manufacturers are cutting pay, reducing hours for workers and pulling back spending as an initial bump in demand for consumer products gives way to a deepening economic downturn.

Wilczek's Universe

The physicist Freeman Dyson, who died in late February, believed that scientific ingenuity would find a way to save the planet.

Heard on the Street

The fastest way for consumer-product manufacturers to improve sales growth—their No. 1 priority—is to unload unfashionable brands that are dragging down their performance. So it is a puzzle why they are selling so little.

Politics

The Trump administration is scheduled to apply tariffs on $156 billion in Chinese imports of mostly consumer goods, adding to the $361 billion in tariffs already in place on the products Americans buy from Chinese manufacturers, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.

Politics

Some companies aren’t recognizing the costs of Treasury regulations meant to address tax abuses during gaps resulting from the 2017 tax law. Newell Brands, which makes Elmer’s Glue, faces up to $220 million in taxes.

U.S.

The acting chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Ann Marie Buerkle, said she was withdrawing her nomination to serve as the commission’s chief, and won’t serve an additional term at the agency.

Earnings

Newell Brands swung to a loss and met sales expectations in its latest quarter as the consumer conglomerate continues its search for its next CEO amid weak results.

Earnings

Higher prescription-drug sales helped Johnson & Johnson offset softness in its consumer-products and medical-device businesses and report better-than-expected quarterly sales and earnings.

IPOs

Shares of famed jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co. vaulted 32% in their first day of trading, the latest sign of a burgeoning IPO market that is on pace to be one of the best ever.

Business

The chief executive of Newell Brands is leaving the consumer-products conglomerate, which has struggled with weak sales and missed targets since a merger put Sharpie pens, Mr. Coffee machines and Yankee Candle under the same roof.