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  1. October 4, 2013

    Centrica appoints Rick Haythornthwaite as chairman

    Centrica has appointed Rick Haythornthwaite, one of the UK’s leading business figures, as its new chairman. The former BP...

  2. September 8, 2013

    Foreign takeovers revive talk of UK decline

    A flurry of cross-border takeover deals in the UK this summer has revived the debate over the future of the country’s listed...

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  1. September 6, 2013

    End of golden era of cheap debt fires up dealmakers

    Bankers who have been complaining about the lack of deals have found a new argument to push hesitant chief executives into...

  2. August 2, 2013

    Week in Review, August 3

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Corporate person in the news: Ross...

  3. August 2, 2013

    Better ways to play the merger mania

    Mega mergers are back. This week, advertising groups Omnicom and Publicis announced a $35bn tie-up. Just a day or two...

  4. August 1, 2013

    Invensys to join foreign legion in £3.4bn takeover by Schneider

    Engineering company Invensys is poised to join the British businesses sold to foreign buyers after its board recommended a...

  5. July 31, 2013

    Lombard: Schneider pays a full price for disappointing Invensys

    Allons comptables de la Patrie, le jour de gloire est arrivé! The Marseillaise needs only the smallest of tweaks to pay...

  6. July 31, 2013

    Anheuser-Busch InBev lifted by premium brands

    Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, topped profit expectations as beer drinkers drank fewer pints but upgraded...

  7. July 31, 2013

    Schneider Electric to acquire Invensys for £3.4bn

    France’s Schneider Electric has agreed to acquire UK engineering group Invensys for £3.4bn as it looks for a bigger share of...

  8. July 25, 2013

    Small investors in Invensys urge board ‘not to sell out’

    ​The board of Invensys faced sharp questions from small shareholders on Thursday who urged the company to resist the...

  9. July 19, 2013

    Invensys weaker as counterbid hopes fade

    Invensys drifted to its lowest since Schneider Electric’s £3.3bn takeover proposal as hopes faded of a counterbid. General...

  10. July 17, 2013

    Unilever slides on earnings worries

    Earnings worries put Unilever among London’s biggest fallers on Wednesday. Weaker emerging markets meant Unilever’s sales...

  11. July 17, 2013

    Smiths Group in no hurry to follow Invensys’ footsteps

    The badinage of traders and executives gives financial scandals a moral punchline in public eyes. Controversy over alleged...

  12. July 15, 2013

    Mining and oil stocks underpin FTSE gains

    Mining and oil stocks are once again underpinning the FTSE 100, with the index’s heavily-weighted sectors encouraged by...

  13. July 14, 2013

    Foreign control

    The possible takeover of Invensys is a reminder that, for all the gloom surrounding British industry, many companies still...

  14. July 12, 2013

    Doubts over heroin substitute Suboxone depress Reckitt Benckiser

    Reckitt Benckiser tumbled as doubts grew about the heroin substitute that provides a fifth of its operating profits. US...

  15. July 12, 2013

    Letter from Lex: not OK computer

    In 1943, IBM’s chairman allegedly made a bold prediction that the world market for computers would reach a grand total of...

  16. July 12, 2013

    Lack of size and focus put Invensys in play

    Slightly too small, lacking in focus and constrained by its pension deficit to develop a long-term strategy. These are the...

  17. July 12, 2013

    Invensys: a change in controls

    Il faut choisir le bon moment. France’s Schneider Electric has picked its timing nicely with a bid approach to Invensys. The...

  18. July 12, 2013

    Pension deal left Invensys open to offers

    When Invensys sold its rail division to Siemens of Germany for £1.74bn last year, it wiped out almost all of the engineering...

  19. July 12, 2013

    Financials underpin advances for London stocks

    Financial stocks have replaced miners at the top of the FTSE 100 as the index continues to rise but at a slower pace. With...

  20. FT Alphaville

    July 12, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Most Asian benchmarks rose and the MSCI Asia Pacific was up 0.2% and headed for its biggest weekly gain since April. Metals...

  21. July 11, 2013

    Schneider approaches Invensys on potential takeover

    Invensys, the UK engineering group that has long been the focus of takeover speculation, revealed late on Thursday that it...

  22. June 10, 2013

    Smiths Group planned sale of unit raises questions over future

    Not for the first time over the past few years, the future of Smiths Group has been called into question. The engineering...

  23. May 16, 2013

    Invensys to spend £600m on acquisitions

    Invensys is poised to use some of the £500m war chest left from the sale of its rail division to buy a series of bolt-on...

  24. April 30, 2013

    Price war takes toll on Centrica

    The FTSE 100 yesterday completed its 11th straight monthly gain, the longest winning run on record. But it was a down day...

  25. April 29, 2013

    BT trails on avoid advice before results

    BT Group lagged behind a rising London market on Monday on concerns its results next month may disappoint. Morgan Stanley...

  26. April 24, 2013

    ENRC underperforms as investors are urged to jump ship

    ENRC lagged behind a London market after analysts raised concerns that the crisis-hit miner could be delisted. Macquarie...

  27. April 19, 2013

    How to ... spot corporate pension problems

    In May 2009, investors in BT Group got a nasty shock. The provider of telephony services actually had another business:...

  28. March 8, 2013

    Prospects: Downturn survivors find reasons for optimism amid the gloom

    The global economic downturn has not been kind on the UK’s mid-market companies. When the credit crunch began to take hold...

  29. March 8, 2013

    FTSE 250 Club: Investors increasingly eye middle ground

    For the aspiring chief executive, ascent into the FTSE 250 Index can mark an important step on the road to corporate...

  30. February 6, 2013

    Shortlist: Turnround of the Year award

    Invensys, the global technology group, was in the news late last year after agreeing to sell its rail division to Siemens...

  31. January 18, 2013

    Aluminium was bad for Rio Tinto’s health

    The mystery of Tom Albanese is not why he had to go, but how he lasted so long as chief executive of Rio Tinto. His initial...

  32. December 30, 2012

    Industrial takeovers on the cards for 2013

    After enduring four lean years for mergers and acquisitions, the UK’s listed industrial companies are beginning to...

  33. December 7, 2012

    FTSE 100 creeps higher on low volumes

    Regulatory optimism and hopes of improved cash returns helped push Centrica to its highest since September on Friday. UK...

  34. December 3, 2012

    Cookson demerger to lure potential buyers

    The looming demerger of Cookson Group is poised to attract bidders for the two newly created FTSE 250 companies, in a move...

  35. December 2, 2012

    Pensions promise puts heat on Aga

    If more people were like Gérard Depardieu, the shambling French film star, it would make William McGrath a happy man. Mr...

  36. November 30, 2012

    Beware pensions cosh hitting employers

    Future pensioners from Marks and Spencer and Invensys can sleep easier this weekend. Their employers have increased their...

  37. November 30, 2012

    Osram to shed 4,700 jobs and close plants

    Lighting company Osram is to cut 4,700 jobs and close plants around the world after plans for a spin-off were announced by...

  38. November 29, 2012

    All eyes on what’s left of Invensys

    The red signal that had stopped the sale of Invensys finally turned to green this week when the British engineering group...

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