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  1. February 6, 2014

    Akzo Nobel: beyond the DIY

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  2. February 6, 2014

    Akzo Nobel chief warns on ‘fragility’ of European recovery

    Akzo Nobel will continue to focus on cutting costs after its chief executive warned over the “fragility” of Europe’s...

  3. October 2, 2013

    Akzo Nobel slims down paints structure

    Dutch chemicals and coatings group Akzo Nobel will slim down the organisation of its decorative paints division, as it...

  4. July 18, 2013

    Akzo Nobel misses earnings expectations

    Shares in Dutch coatings and chemicals group Akzo Nobel dropped sharply after operating earnings fell 17 per cent in the...

  5. May 19, 2013

    Caution remains in Europe, says Akzo Nobel

    Ton Büchner, chief executive of Akzo Nobel, talks to the FT’s Ravi Mattu about the lack of consumer confidence in the...

  6. April 29, 2013

    Modern maladies: Performance anxiety spells trouble for those at the top

    Last year Ton Büchner, the chief executive of AkzoNobel, the Dutch chemicals group, was granted special leave to recover...

  7. April 18, 2013

    Nokia shares lose ground in Europe

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  8. April 18, 2013

    European slowdown hits Akzo Nobel

    Shares in Akzo Nobel fell more than 4 per cent after the Netherlands-based paint and chemicals group unveiled a decline in...

  9. March 11, 2013

    Work-life balance is not just for women

    The debate about “work-life balance” will generate contributions weightier than Erin Callan’s short article in last...

  10. February 20, 2013

    Akzo Nobel: painting by numbers

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  11. December 17, 2012

    KPN sold heavily on bandwidth costs

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  12. December 16, 2012

    Akzo Nobel – paint job

    Talk about a man in a hurry. Ton Büchner became chief executive of Akzo Nobel in April. Since then he has replaced the heads...

  13. December 14, 2012

    Breaking up has rarely been so rewarding

    How to make money for shareholders? You can tell company bosses are struggling to answer this question when even Warren...

  14. December 14, 2012

    Deutsche Bank warning sparks sell-off

    Deutsche Bank’s profit warning prompted investors to sell the stock this week. The news came during a tough week for the...

  15. December 14, 2012

    Akzo Nobel sells paints unit for $1bn

    Shares in Akzo Nobel jumped more than 7 per cent after the Dutch coatings and chemicals group announced it was selling its...

  16. October 18, 2012

    Akzo Nobel takes €2.5bn hit on paints

    Dutch coatings and chemicals group Akzo Nobel reported a loss in the third quarter after taking a €2.5bn writedown on its...

  17. October 12, 2012

    Akzo Nobel chief not yet fit to return

    Shares in Akzo Nobel NV, the Dutch coatings and chemicals group, dropped five per cent after the company announced that new...

  18. October 12, 2012

    STMicroelectronics up on unit sale talk

    Reports of companies shedding lossmaking businesses contributed to the biggest moves in Europe this week and offered a...

  19. September 26, 2012

    Is it OK to take time off for stress?

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  20. September 21, 2012

    Executive sick list reflects demands

    When Ton Büchner formally took over as chief executive of Akzo Nobel in April, ING, the Dutch bank, increased its...

  21. September 20, 2012

    UK regulators oppose Akzo Nobel takeover

    UK competition regulators have broken with their European counterparts by opposing an attempt by Akzo Nobel, the Dutch owner...

  22. September 18, 2012

    Akzo Nobel chief on leave with ‘fatigue’

    Dutch paint and chemicals company Akzo Nobel’s new chief executive, Ton Büchner, will take a leave of absence for several...

  23. July 19, 2012

    Akzo Nobel profits hit by one-off charges

    Akzo Nobel, the Dutch coatings and chemicals company, beat analysts’ expectations with second-quarter earnings and revenues...

  24. July 19, 2012

    Nokia shares lifted by well-received results

    Forecast-beating results propelled Nokia to the top of the FTSE Eurofirst 300 on Thursday as European shares were lifted by...

  25. May 24, 2012

    Akzo Nobel signs €1.75bn pension deal

    Akzo Nobel, the paint and chemicals group, has reached a deal with Swiss Re to cap the risk that 17,000 UK employees will...

  26. April 23, 2012

    Wijers leaves Akzo Nobel on sound footing

    When Hans Wijers, who will step down on Monday after nine years as chief executive of Akzo Nobel, first took the job, it was...

  27. April 19, 2012

    Akzo Nobel suffers 3% fall in earnings

    Akzo Nobel, the Dutch coatings and chemicals company, reported earnings fell in the first quarter compared with a year...

  28. April 15, 2012

    New rules will decimate profits

    New accounting rules that will stop companies from padding their earnings statements with anticipated pension fund returns...

  29. January 11, 2012

    PAI sells remaining Christian Hansen holding

    PAI, a French private equity firm, has sold its remaining shares in Christian Hansen for €560m, the latest in a string of...

  30. December 7, 2011

    Chemicals: sell-off looks overdone

    The glee clubbers of investment banks – chemical sector analysts – became unwitting rock stars in January when material...

  31. December 2, 2011

    Dutch CEOs urge ‘political courage’ on euro

    The chief executives of the top five industrial companies in the Netherlands have urged European leaders to show the...

  32. November 29, 2011

    Business and eurozone: Looking for the exit

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  33. November 27, 2011

    Interview: At home abroad

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    October 11, 2011

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  35. October 5, 2011

    Warning of unintended outcomes of Tobin tax

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  37. July 21, 2011

    Rising raw material costs weigh on Akzo Nobel

    Dutch paint and chemicals company Akzo Nobel announced second-quarter sales in 2011 had risen 5 per cent year on year, but...

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    July 21, 2011

    Snap news

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