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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. Sustainable Business: Green Technology

    Hunt for fresh developments in eco-efficiency has led to sharing of knowhow across a r...
  2. Doing Business in the Basque Country 2012

    Peace shifts the focus to growth and investment...
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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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....

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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....

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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,...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. November 4, 2010

    Banks and construction drive advance

    European stocks surged to a six-month high led by banks and the construction sector as the US Federal Reserve’s plan for a...

  36. October 26, 2010

    Europe hit by fears of weak steel demand

    European equities lost ground as the region’s biggest steelmakers were hit by a forecast of weak global demand....

  37. September 3, 2010

    Strong earnings drive Europe’s carmakers

    European equities had their biggest weekly gain for eight weeks as the region’s carmakers led the way with a strong...

  38. September 2, 2010

    EADS rises as Paris reassures on A400M

    European shares held steady on Thursday after strong advances in the previous session following positive macroeconomic data...

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