By and and  on September 27, 2010

LONDON — Unilever is poised to grab a bigger slice of the U.S. personal care market with the $3.7 billion cash acquisition of the Alberto-Culver Co., the Illinois-based owner of brands including Nexxus, V05 and St. Ives.

On Monday, the multibillion-dollar Anglo-Dutch firm that owns brands including Dove, Pond’s and Sunsilk said the purchase would make Unilever the world’s leading hair conditioning company, the second largest in shampoo and the third biggest in styling.

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