Fast-food chains feel bite in the US

Restaurants from Starbucks to KFC wrestle with America’s waning appetite for eating out

A sign stands outside a J Sainsburys Plc store, containing an Argos concession, in Cheam, U.K., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. J Sainsbury Plc is considering making an offer for Home Retail Group Plc in a deal that would combine two of the U.K.'s largest retailers and add everything from sofas to suitcases to Sainsbury's line-up. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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Sainsbury’s Argos deal given CMA clearance

Competition regulator approves purchase of Home Retail Group

Is Wilmar’s warning a sector harbinger?

Singapore-based agricultural trader cites flooding in Argentina and volatility in soyabean prices

Unilever sharpens focus in personal care

Consumer group pressed to find fresh growth as markets slow

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Elliott attacks £71bn SABMiller takeover

US hedge fund adds to investor concerns about payout options

Lindsay Lohan attends the launch party for the Magnum Pleasure Store in London

Consumer groups see promise in start-ups

Unilever, Diageo and Kellogg want access to new ideas without making acquisitions

Monsanto rejects revised $64bn Bayer bid

US group says offer is too low and does not ensure deal certainty

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Conviviality shares pop as profits jump

Acquisition spree helps lift earnings 137% to £864.5m

UK wants prime-time ban on junk food ads

Draft white paper also calls for junk food sales promotions to end

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Mondelez rides a Hershey rollercoaster

A suitor, probes and politics sour the sweetest place on earth

Ackman bet sours as Herbalife settles

Hedge fund manager’s campaign fails to label nutrition drinks marketing business a pyramid scheme

Business eyes appetite for non-dairy milk

Groups are trying to tap into lasting growth areas and not fads

Scientists pinpoint fat as obesity cause

Research finds fat is responsible for a bigger contribution to weight gain than sugar

US expansion comes at a cost

Danone looks willing to fork out a hefty premium for WhiteWave

McDonald’s struggles to woo China bidders

US group would prefer companies with more fast food experience

Diageo pursuing $182m from Vijay Mallya

British spirits company to seek sum following probe

Danone goes on health kick with WhiteWave

Deal for US company marks a clear direction for the French group

Danone in $12.5bn deal for WhiteWave

Acquisition is French yoghurt maker’s biggest in a decade

Fears Primark growth is starting to falter

Weak sterling poised to boost ABF’s earnings per share

North American sales boost PepsiCo

Group looks to domestic market as emerging market growth slows

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