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    1. December 23, 2014

      Sika investors try to thwart Saint-Gobain takeover attempt

      A group of minority shareholders has launched a last-ditch attempt to prevent the French industrial group Saint-Gobain from...

    2. December 10, 2014

      Sika’s founding family seeks to oust Swiss group’s directors

      The founding family of Sika has launched a bid to oust three members of the board of directors, as the battle for control of...

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    1. December 8, 2014

      Saint-Gobain / Sika: because they can

      “By investing in Google, you are placing an unusual long-term bet on the team, especially Sergey and me . . . ” So wrote...

    2. December 8, 2014

      Saint-Gobain targets Sika with SFr2.75bn bid for Burkard stake

      French industrials group Saint-Gobain has signed a SFr2.75bn (€2.3bn) deal to gain control of its family-controlled rival,...

    3. July 7, 2013

      French far-right marches on as big parties falter

      Tensions between the socialist government of President François Hollande and the French business community boiled over in...

    4. July 7, 2013

      St Gobain/Ardagh: through a glass darkly

      Venetian glassblowers, finding flaws in unfinished items, turned them into bottles and called them fiascos. Glassmaker St...

    5. July 3, 2013

      Airlines hit by fuel cost turbulence

      Rising oil prices took their toll on European airline stocks as equity markets across the continent retreated for a second...

    6. July 2, 2013

      Ardagh and Saint-Gobain to fight probe into glassmaker deal

      French industrial group Saint-Gobain and Irish glass bottle maker Ardagh have said they will work together to try to...

    7. January 21, 2013

      Ardagh thinks it has the bottle for IPO

      Irish glass bottle maker Ardagh was a habitually underperforming minnow on the Irish Stock Exchange with just I£40m annual...

    8. January 14, 2013

      Saint-Gobain / Ardagh: raise a glass

      Any company that has been around since 1665 knows the value of taking the long view. Saint-Gobain has been trying to sell...

    9. January 14, 2013

      Saint-Gobain sells US unit for $1.7bn

      Saint-Gobain has agreed to sell its US glass bottle and jar making operations to Luxembourg-based Ardagh for $1.69bn as the...

    10. November 11, 2012

      Innovation: Fresh eyes may resolve dilemmas

      As well as attending seminars and networking events, visitors to this week’s GreenBuild expo in San Francisco can watch a...

    11. July 27, 2012

      Debt crisis punishes European industrials

      Renault, Saint-Gobain and Lafarge all reported big falls in net income for the first six months of the year, offering stark...

    12. July 27, 2012

      Clash of cash fortunes for carmakers

      The diverging fortunes of Europe’s carmakers were on show this week as investors assessed the industry’s capacity problems....

    13. July 17, 2012

      Wolseley considers sale of French unit

      Wolseley said it was considering the sale of its struggling French division, as the building supplies group stepped up...

    14. April 9, 2012

      France grapples with ‘deindustrialisation’

      A visit to Peugeot’s busy carmaking plant at Poissy on the banks of the Seine could give the impression that all is well...

    15. March 27, 2012

      Motor industry: Cluster effect drives sector’s competitiveness

      No part of the Basque country’s rich industrial heritage can rival its €10bn annual turnover car industry as the driving...

    16. February 13, 2012

      Wendel on European acquisition hunt

      Wendel, France’s largest publicly listed investment company, is scaling up its acquisition ambitions by eyeing companies...

    17. December 6, 2011

      Wolseley warns customers on asbestos gaskets

      Shares in Wolseley rose sharply on Tuesday as the plumbing and heating supplier said improving sales in North America had...

    18. November 30, 2011

      Wendel in $2.1bn deal to sell off Deutsch

      Wendel, France’s largest publicly listed investment company, has agreed the $2.1bn (€1.6bn) sale of its Deutsch electrical...

    19. October 5, 2011

      EU recapitalisation efforts cheer Europe

      European equities bounced back strongly on Wednesday, as investors were buoyed by news that European leaders were seeking to...

    20. September 29, 2011

      Furukawa agrees to settle US car parts action

      Furukawa Electric, a Japanese car parts maker, has agreed to pay a $200m fine as part of a settlement with US antitrust...

    21. August 11, 2011

      Benign day brings respite to lenders

      Thursday ended up being a relatively benign day for European banks, with many stocks bouncing strongly in the afternoon as...

    22. July 29, 2011

      Travis Perkins buoyed by BSS acquisition

      Profits at Travis Perkins surged during the first six months of the year, after the UK’s largest builders’ merchant by sales...

    23. FT Alphaville

      July 25, 2011

      Snap news

      Breaking pre-market news on Monday, - Bank of Ireland welcomes €1.1bn equity injection from the private sector — statement....

    24. FT Alphaville

      July 25, 2011

      Saint-Gobain frontrunner to buy Build Center

      Saint-Gobain, the French building materials group, has emerged as the frontrunner to buy Wolseley’s UK trade business, in a...

    25. July 24, 2011

      Saint-Gobain to buy Wolseley’s Build Center

      Saint-Gobain, the French building materials group, is to buy Wolseley’s UK trade business Build Center in a deal that would...

    26. July 17, 2011

      Car parts makers face antitrust scrutiny

      Car parts makers around the world are coming under intensifying scrutiny from antitrust regulators following acquisitions...

    27. July 3, 2011

      A rational and irrational adventurer

      Like Alice in Through the Looking-Glass, Jacques Aschenbroich has lived on both sides of the mirror. He may be a rational...

    28. June 22, 2011

      Bankia delays launch of IPO prospectus

      Bankia, the Spanish domestic bank created out of Caja Madrid and six other savings banks, has delayed until next week the...

    29. June 21, 2011

      Saint-Gobain postpones bottle group’s IPO

      Saint-Gobain has been forced to postpone plans to spin off its historic bottle-making business because of turmoil in the...

    30. June 13, 2011

      Carmakers in focus on European bourses

      Stocks made headway in Europe as bid hopes and broker upgrades helped investors emerge from the summer doldrums. After six...

    31. June 7, 2011

      Saint-Gobain launches IPO of Verallia arm

      Saint-Gobain is hoping to raise up to €1.1bn ($1.6bn) from the initial public offering of its glass packaging business,...

    32. May 29, 2011

      Wolseley looks to sell UK divisions

      Wolseley has put its UK trade builders’ merchant division up for sale as the FTSE 100 plumbing and heating specialist...

    33. May 3, 2011

      Banks anxious over Fed regulations

      Wall Street banks are warning they may have to cede much of the European derivatives market to the likes of Deutsche Bank...

    34. March 23, 2011

      Wendel buys car leasing specialist for €107m

      Wendel, the French private equity group, announced its first acquisition since the financial crisis on Wednesday, as it...

    35. February 25, 2011

      Building materials rebound lifts Eurofirst

      Despite a strong rally on Friday, European equitiesclosed out the week with a net loss as worries about Libya and oil drove...

    36. January 18, 2011

      Wendel and Lafonta fined for swaps raid

      France’s stock market regulator has fined Wendel and Jean-Bernard Lafonta, the private equity group’s former chief...

    37. January 3, 2011

      Wendel managers hit with French tax demands

      French tax authorities are demanding millions of euros in back taxes and fines from 14 present and former managers of Wendel...

    38. November 11, 2010

      Sovereign debt concerns hurt European financials

      European markets were dragged down by financial and construction stocks for a second consecutive day as sovereign debt fears...

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