Alstom shares jump on $13bn GE bid report

France warns it is ready to fight to protect national interests

Facebook buys fitness-tracker app Moves

Social network also announces News Corp partnership

Zimmer agrees $13.4bn Biomet acquisition

Latest deal unites makers of orthopaedic and surgical products

Draghi backs plans to publish ECB minutes

Central bank head believes move will strengthen decision making

ISS backs Loeb for Sotheby’s board

Proxy adviser endorses criticism of ‘strategic myopia’

Barclays chairman defends bonus rise

Investors are told 10% increase was needed to keep staff

Spain’s growth fastest for six years

Output grew by 0.4% in first quarter of 2014

Ecclestone starts defence in court

High-profile trial of Formula One chief opens in Munich

Slim secures control of Telekom Austria

Agreement with ÖIAG gives tycoon foothold in European telecoms

Obama and Abe push for trade deal

US-Japan agreement would revive Pacific Rim trade talks

AstraZeneca looks at $15bn of spin-offs

Drugs group seeks to shift focus from Pfizer takeover talk

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Investors renew interest in commodities

Asset class once again seen as way for portfolio diversification

Han-Na Chang conducts the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra profile

The Doha-based ensemble will be coming to the Proms this year

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