Sales of Dawn and Bounty paper towels are surging

The company, which makes brands like Tide laundry detergent, Dawn dish soap and Charmin toilet paper, said Thursday that sales rose 5% to $17.7 billion in the three months ended June 30, compared with the same stretch a year ago. Excluding the impact of deals and currency fluctuations, sales were up 6%.

The increase was driven by a 30% jump in P&G’s (PG) home care unit, which includes brands like Febreze, Mr. Clean and Swiffer. Sales also grew 20% in P&G’s family care division, comprised of brands such as Bounty paper towels, Charmin, and Puffs tissues.

Consumers are snapping up cleaning products as they spend more time at home in the pandemic, thanks to social distancing recommendations and shuttered offices. That has boosted sales and strained the supply chains of the world’s biggest consumer product companies.

Ice cream sales are up with more people at home but deodorant sales are down

People are also changing their shaving habits. P&G, which owns Gillette and Venus razors and Braun electric shavers, said sales fell in its shave care unit because consumers are shaving less frequently in some markets.

Meanwhile, people are no longer stockpiling packaged food as much as they were when the coronavirus first hit. Nestle (NSRGF) said Thursday that sales grew 1.3% in the second quarter compared with the same period a year ago. The company said that while consumers loaded up their pantries during the early stages of the coronavirus, growth had tapered off.

Bolton: Trump's denial of Russian bounty intelligence briefing shows his 'fundamental focus' is not on US security


“The fact that the President feels compelled to tweet about the news story here shows that what his fundamental focus is, is not the security of our forces, but whether he looks like he wasn’t paying attention. So he’s saying well nobody told me therefore you can’t blame me,” Bolton told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”

The former official added that he believed Trump’s motivation for denying a briefing is “because it looks bad if Russians are paying to kill Americans and we’re not doing anything about it.”

“So what is the presidential reaction? It’s to say it’s not my responsibility, nobody told me about it,” Bolton said.

The comments from Bolton add to a growing list of critiques the former Trump aide has made in recent days. Bolton, who has authored a book highly critical of Trump and his administration, told Tapper that the President’s denial on Sunday “is part of the problem with Trump’s … decision-making in the national security space. It’s just unconnected to the reality he’s dealing with.”

“It’s about his personal position,” he said of Trump, noting that if the intelligence reports are true, this “is one of the most serious matters … that has arisen in the Trump administration.”

Earlier Sunday, Trump said in a tweet that “there have not been many attacks” on US troops by Taliban fighters as his evidence that the intelligence — first reported by The New York Times and confirmed by CNN — may be “phony.”

The tweet went a step further than a Saturday statement from the White House, which did not deny the validity of the report, but instead said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were not briefed “on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence.”

CNN previously reported that Russian intelligence officers for the military intelligence GRU recently offered money to Taliban militants in Afghanistan as rewards if they killed US or UK troops there, according to that source. US intelligence concluded months ago that Russian military intelligence offered the bounties, amid peace talks, the Times said in its report.

Trump was briefed on the intelligence findings and the White House’s National Security Council held a meeting about it in late March, according to the Times, citing officials briefed on the matter.

Asked by Tapper if he thought Trump poses a “clear and present danger” to the country, Bolton replied: “I think he’s dangerous enough, he shouldn’t get a second term.” Bolton said last week that he doesn’t plan to vote for Trump or Joe Biden in November.

This story has been updated with additional comments from John Bolton on “State of the Union.”

CNN’s Sarah Westwood contributed to this report.



'Nobody told me!' Trump humiliation as US president shuts down Russian bounty claims

The US President lambasted a report that claimed he was briefed on Russian efforts to target US troops with bounties. The New York Times claimed that Trump did not respond to the brief.

The report alleged that the president ignored a brief that Russia would Taliban linked militants to kill US troops in Afghanistan.

Trump responded to the allegation on Twitter, savaging the report and claiming he had no knowledge of the efforts.

He wrote: “Nobody briefed or told me, Mike Pence, or Chief of Staff Mark Meadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians.

“Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us.”

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Trump also called on the New York Times to reveal its anonymous source who informed that paper about the report.

The New York Times claimed that the Russian bounties were linked to an intelligence unit, also believed to be linked to assassination attempts in Europe.

The Times also reported that Islamist extremists were beloved to have collected bounty money because of the offer.

The White House and Director of National Intelligence on Saturday denied the report, as well as Russia’s foreign ministry.

Pelosi said: “There is something very wrong here.

“But this must have an answer”

She also added that Trump had supported Putin by diminishing US influence in NATIO by reducing US forces from Germany and inviting Putin’s Russia back into the G8 after they were expelled in 2014.

House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff, as well as Pelosi, also questioned why, if Trump’s claims were true, he was not told about the bounty offer.

Schiff tweeted: “If he was briefed and still wanted Russia back in the G-8, it’s even worse.”

It comes after recent allegations that President Trump has been collaborating with foreign powers for his re-election bid on November 3.

Former national security adviser John Bolton recently published a tell-all memoir that revealed that Trump had called on China’s President Xi Jinping to buy more American agricultural produce to boost Trump’s popularity in rural states.

He also confirmed in his book that Trump did attempt to pressure Ukraine’s leader to dig up information on Joe Biden and his son Hunter, which led to the President’s impeachment trial in January.

On the Russian bounties, Bolton told NBC news: “There’s obviously more to this story, but it is pretty remarkable the president’s going out of his way to say he hasn’t heard anything about it.”



'Nobody told me!' Trump humiliation as US president shuts down Russian bounty claims

The US President lambasted a report that claimed he was briefed on Russian efforts to target US troops with bounties. The New York Times claimed that Trump did not respond to the brief.

The report alleged that the president ignored a brief that Russia would Taliban linked militants to kill US troops in Afghanistan.

Trump responded to the allegation on Twitter, savaging the report and claiming he had no knowledge of the efforts.

He wrote: “Nobody briefed or told me, Mike Pence, or Chief of Staff Mark Meadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians.

“Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us.”

READ MORE: Donald Trump is ‘worse than Putin’ and undermining American democracy claims academic

Trump also called on the New York Times to reveal its anonymous source who informed that paper about the report.

The New York Times claimed that the Russian bounties were linked to an intelligence unit, also believed to be linked to assassination attempts in Europe.

The Times also reported that Islamist extremists were beloved to have collected bounty money because of the offer.

The White House and Director of National Intelligence on Saturday denied the report, as well as Russia’s foreign ministry.

Pelosi said: “There is something very wrong here.

“But this must have an answer”

She also added that Trump had supported Putin by diminishing US influence in NATIO by reducing US forces from Germany and inviting Putin’s Russia back into the G8 after they were expelled in 2014.

House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff, as well as Pelosi, also questioned why, if Trump’s claims were true, he was not told about the bounty offer.

Schiff tweeted: “If he was briefed and still wanted Russia back in the G-8, it’s even worse.”

It comes after recent allegations that President Trump has been collaborating with foreign powers for his re-election bid on November 3.

Former national security adviser John Bolton recently published a tell-all memoir that revealed that Trump had called on China’s President Xi Jinping to buy more American agricultural produce to boost Trump’s popularity in rural states.

He also confirmed in his book that Trump did attempt to pressure Ukraine’s leader to dig up information on Joe Biden and his son Hunter, which led to the President’s impeachment trial in January.

On the Russian bounties, Bolton told NBC news: “There’s obviously more to this story, but it is pretty remarkable the president’s going out of his way to say he hasn’t heard anything about it.”