Japan’s trading houses rethink strategy

Soured deals force groups to explore revamping business models

US growth drives Caterpillar forward

Lift in profit forecasts signals worst is over equipment maker

BHP puts the brakes on iron ore expansion

Anglo-Australian miner slows output amid drop in prices

Steelmakers braced for China slowdown

Industry warns of flat demand as biggest consumer builds less

Iron ore price sinks further

Supply shows no signs of abating amid China tax cuts

Noble Group fights back after fresh attack

Group ‘categorically’ denies short-seller Muddy Waters’ claims

Protein demand fattens Cargill’s profits

Australian beef venture benefits as imports to US and Asia rise

Eric Olsen named chief of Lafarge-Holcim

Shareholders wanted someone with power to unite rivals

World’s forests more fragile than thought

Prince’s sustainability unit says deforestation increasing

Thailand’s ruling junta lifts martial law

Critics claim that generals retaining power via ‘sleight of hand’

Iron ore slides beneath $50 a tonne

Concerns about weak demand in key consumer China

Evraz announces loss and share buy-back

Weak rouble helps Russian steelmaker cut costs

Citic takes $2.5bn hit from iron venture

Australian partner Clive Palmer denies he is going broke

Noble fights back with legal action

Commodities group rejects reports questioning finances and accounting

City Insider: Harding’s civic duty

MP Austin Mitchell’s swan song and Holcim/Lafarge win big

CRH deal approved as Holcim talks stall

Investors back €6.5bn acquisition subject to European merger

Business groups resigned to lack of giveaways

Praise for fiscal discipline in absence of big changes

US Steel: heavy metal

Imports have undermined prices, and the group’s efficiency drive

Tata Steel to shut UK pension plan

Union anger at move to close final salary scheme

Views diverge on China steel outlook

Analysts cut forecast while miners expect rising production

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