Deal makers have fastest start since 2007

Heinz-Kraft leads trend for large US-based acquisitions

Healthcare sector leads feverish M&A activity

Sector racks up 70% increase in value of deals


Governance questioned at Vivendi

Hedge fund says media group chairman has too much control

Volvo to build new $500m US factory

Carmaker seeks to reverse sales decline in North America

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Yoox and Net-a-Porter in merger talks

Online fashion retailers could announce deal as soon as Tuesday

Kingfisher takeover of Mr Bricolage stalls

Key shareholder blocks extending deadline for competition approval

Prada AW15 Milan Fashion Week

Prada profits sink as Asian sales slow

Italian luxury fashion house to start cost cutting

Bridgepoint rides wave with €4bn fund

European buyout firm takes less than year to hit cap

Online arms race heats up over adverts

Internet media groups fight back against use of adblockers

ChemChina toasts marriage to Pirelli

Ren hopes to boost Italian group’s industrial tyres arm in China

European payouts rise by more than 10%

Banks lead the way as dividends from companies hit €187bn

Parking sensors to go on trial

Scanners to guide traffic wardens to cars illegally parked

Thor Bjorgolfsson: back from the brink

Icelander who played a lead role in his country’s boom and bust

Swiss group Dufry snaps up Italian rival

Benetton family sale of World Duty Free to create world’s biggest travel retailer

Vivendi responds to activist investor

Hedge fund accuses Vincent Bolloré’s media group of intimidation

Germanwings co-pilot concealed illness

UN warned three years ago about mental health screening

Insurers face €300m payout for air crash

Compensation claims unlikely to be challenged, say lawyers

Head of B&Q to leave in Kingfisher revamp

DIY chain to restructure as French acquisition hits hurdles

China’s Cnooc shelves shale project

Latest sign nation cannot mimic US energy revolution

Peugeot and Mitsubishi halt Russia output

Some models will not be made for three months as 100 jobs are cut


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