The One Way Out for Struggling Consumer Companies

By Anonymous

Sustained investment in innovation is the best tonic for what ails

Makers of packaged foods and other household goods have been having a rough year. Sustained investment in innovation is the best tonic for what ails them.

The sector has been among the worst performing in the U.S. stock market. The S&P 500 consumer staples subindex is down 5.2% so far this year, compared to an 8% rise in the broader index.

The...