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  1. May 23, 2014

    How Pfizer snatched defeat from victory

    It was a warm and sunny spring day in the craggy archipelago that guards the entrance to Gothenburg harbour but when Leif...

  2. May 21, 2014

    Burberry’s Bloomsbury groupies must split roles clearly

    You would have thought a bloke with a £440,000 clothing allowance could run to a tie for the annual results. But Christopher...

  1. May 21, 2014

    Pfizer and AstraZeneca locked in war of nerves over merger deal

    By Andrew Ward, Pharmaceuticals Correspondent Dead or alive? With five days left before the deadline for Pfizer to turn its...

  2. FT Alphaville

    May 19, 2014

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - How did we get so busy? (Why was Keynes wrong?) - Forget the cloud. Tech’s future is in the fog. -...

  3. May 19, 2014

    Pfizer snub triggers recrimination at Astra

    Pfizer’s pursuit of AstraZeneca was hanging by a thread on Monday after its “final” £69.4bn offer was rejected by the UK...

  4. May 19, 2014

    AstraZeneca and Pfizer: High-stakes brinkmanship ends with recriminations

    When Ian Read flew back across the Atlantic on Thursday evening after a four-day stay in London, he was feeling cautiously...

  5. FT Alphaville

    May 19, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Dan has a look at the stubborn refusal of bond yields to rise. NEWS AstraZeneca turns...

  6. May 19, 2014

    Timeline: How Pfizer’s approach for AstraZeneca unfolded

    November 25 2013: Ian Read, Pfizer’s chairman and chief executive, makes the first contact with Leif Johansson, chairman of...

  7. May 19, 2014

    Astra labs must work miracles to justify deal snub

    AstraZeneca’s rejection of a £55 a share bid approach from Pfizer leaves Leif Johansson in a tricky position. The UK drug...

  8. May 19, 2014

    AstraZeneca shares tumble as it snubs Pfizer’s ‘final’ bid

    AstraZeneca has rejected a “final” £69.4bn takeover approach from Pfizer, triggering the biggest one-day drop in its shares...

  9. May 5, 2014

    Downing St under pressure to recalibrate reaction on Pfizer bid

    The British government has rushed to recalibrate its reaction to Pfizer’s bid for AstraZeneca following a warning from the...

  10. April 30, 2014

    AstraZeneca warns on ‘big is better’ strategy

    When Pfizer started plotting its proposed £60bn takeover of AstraZeneca, it must have been encouraged by the record of the...

  11. April 30, 2014

    AstraZeneca’s Johansson hits at Pfizer ‘big is better’ bid

    AstraZeneca warned that “bigger is not always better” as it launched its defence against Pfizer’s £60bn approach, but some...

  12. April 29, 2014

    Pfizer chief executive pins faith on its powers of persuasion

    What do you get if you cross a Scotsman, a Swede and a Frenchman? Answer: a battle for control of one of Britain’s biggest...

  13. April 28, 2014

    Pfizer sets stage for corporate showdown

    Pfizer is not known to give up on deals easily. The US drugmaker has been trying to buy its smaller UK rival AstraZeneca...

  14. March 13, 2014

    Manufacturers demand co-ordinated European energy policy

    Europe’s leading manufacturing lobby group warned on Thursday that a lack of co-ordinated action on energy competition was...

  15. March 5, 2014

    Swedes must scrutinise VW bid for Scania

    The sale of a national champion is normally accompanied by wailing and gnashing of teeth in its home country. But the...

  16. December 15, 2013

    Alert over Europe’s struggle to compete

    Europe’s 50 top industrialists are sounding the alarm about Europe’s gap in competitiveness to US and Asian rivals,...

  17. January 15, 2013

    AstraZeneca’s new chief shakes up top team

    AstraZeneca’s new chief executive has replaced the company’s head of research and development and the top commercial...

  18. October 2, 2012

    AstraZeneca’s new chief suspends buybacks

    AstraZeneca’s new chief executive asserted his authority on his first day in the job by suspending share buybacks for the...

  19. August 28, 2012

    Roche executive named AstraZeneca chief

    AstraZeneca has poached a top executive from Roche to head the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company as it seeks fresh deals...

  20. May 31, 2012

    AstraZeneca prepares for upheaval

    The new chairman of AstraZeneca says his top priority is finding a permanent chief executive for the troubled Anglo-Swedish...

  21. April 27, 2012

    AstraZeneca needs new chief and new strategy

    No one disagrees on the cause of AstraZeneca’s current financial malaise. The problem – as David Brennan, the chief...

  22. April 23, 2012

    Gout firm cure for AstraZeneca afflictions

    Gout was historically associated with overindulged dandies who were past their prime. So it is apt that AstraZeneca, a...

  23. April 9, 2012

    AstraZeneca faces calls for shake-up

    Some of the biggest investors in AstraZeneca are calling for a radical shake-up of the board and executive team, as a new...

  24. March 30, 2012

    AstraZeneca gives workers a bitter pill

    Telling 7,300 employees, or 12 per cent of staff, they are being made redundant is awkward for any company. To follow such a...

  25. March 1, 2012

    AstraZeneca names new chairman

    AstraZeneca has reinforced its Swedish roots with the appointment of Leif Johansson, chairman of telecoms group Ericsson, as...

  26. January 2, 2012

    Three cheers for new year trepidation

    Hurrah for uncertainty! Three cheers for trepidation! As the world tiptoes gingerly into 2012, let’s celebrate the...

  27. December 7, 2011

    Europe warned on erosion of R&D base

    Europe’s industrial research and development base will erode over the next 10 to 15 years unless European countries produce...

  28. April 28, 2011

    Volvo welcomes slowdown in Asia sales

    Volvo, the Swedish truckmaker, has welcomed the slowdown in its Asian business as a sign that China is settling into a more...

  29. April 27, 2011

    Volvo raises forecasts for US and Europe

    Volvo has raised its forecasts for the European and North American truck markets this year in a sign of confidence that...

  30. March 16, 2011

    Persson to succeed Johansson at Volvo

    Volvo, the world’s second-biggest truckmaker, has named Olof Persson to take over as chief executive when Leif Johansson...

  31. February 4, 2011

    Volvo’s Europe and US truck orders surge

    Volvo’s chief executive declared “the old world is fighting back” after reporting a surge in truck orders from the US and...

  32. February 4, 2011

    Volvo upbeat in spite of missing expectations

    Volvo’s fourth-quarter profits missed expectations but the Swedish truckmaker raised its outlook for truck sales in North...

  33. January 31, 2011

    Industry warns Europe on competitiveness

    Europe needs to take “urgent steps” to stay competitive or it will risk falling behind Asia and the US, according to 50 of...

  34. January 11, 2011

    Volvo chief becomes contender for Ericsson role

    Leif Johansson is in contention to become chairman of Ericsson after he steps down as chief executive of Volvo this year,...

  35. December 8, 2010

    Johansson to step down from helm of Volvo

    Leif Johansson is to step down next summer as chief executive and president of AB Volvo, the Swedish truckmaking group said....

  36. October 22, 2010

    Volvo chief warns on currencies

    Volvo’s chief executive has warned world leaders against igniting a currency war that could derail the recovery in trade as...

  37. October 22, 2010

    Volvo reports demand on road to recovery

    Volvo said the global truck market was continuing to recover from last year’s deep downturn as it narrowly beat expectations...

  38. October 10, 2010

    Volvo confident of fending off Asian threat

    Volvo is braced for growing competition from Asian truckmakers but European manufacturers can remain dominant on the global...

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