MULTICHANNEL MARKETING: AOL Time Warner and Unilever said Wednesday they’ve signed a multi-million dollar deal, enabling Unilever to hawk its personal care and food products across a broad range of the media giant’s properties, like America Online, Turner Broadcasting stations, the WB Network and Time Inc. magazines. Nearly 25 percent of Unilever’s $46 billion in annual sales come in the U.S., via brands such as Dove, Pond’s, Vaseline, Q-tips, Finesse, and the cosmetics and fragrance products of Calvin Klein, Nautica, and Lagerfeld.
i2 INVESTS: Dallas-based i2 Technologies, a pioneer in supply-chain software, has plans to invest $20 million in India over the next two years in a bid to boost product development while lowering costs. About 150 of i2’s U.S.-based employees will be shifted this month to India, where about 20 percent of its software currently is developed. Shares of i2 added 36 cents, or 4 percent, to close at $9.16 in Nasdaq trading Wednesday, and have ranged between $2.98 and $61 in the past 52 weeks.
EBAY’S TRADES: The Sweetwater Trust, which counts eBay chief executive officer Meg Whitman as a trustee, registered Tuesday to sell 600,000 shares, or about $40 million worth, of eBay stock. Shares of the San Jose, Calif.-based Internet auction giant gave up 65 cents to close at $66.89 in Nasdaq trading Wednesday. The issue has traded between $28.43 and $72.74 over the past 12 months.