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US hedge fund Elliott Advisors has been pushing Dutch paintmaker to talk to suitors

Deal marks further sign of consolidation in the luxury fashion sector

Trump son-in-law acknowledges Russian contact but denies attempt at secret back channel

Nearby states rattled as Moscow conducts exercises on their doorstep with quasi-ally

Adam Tan says acquisitive Chinese conglomerate under no pressure to end buying spree

Owners of contracts designed to insure against default frequently find themselves stymied

Supportive markets and robust corporate hiring trump concerns about weak inflation

US raises incident with Beijing after Pentagon says navy plane took avoiding action

Seven design lines will be cut to three as group adapts to changing luxury market

Spanish PM is witness in fraud and bribery case centred on construction boom

New economic plan is pitched as an assault on growing corporate power

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US group buys health information website WebMD and takes stake in Nature’s Bounty

In Mato Grosso, Brazil, locals are challenging the power of the scandal-ridden group 

The premium bond investors are demanding to own bank debt has dropped sharply

Executives to argue at first investor day in nine years that investments will bear fruit

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Metal detectors placed after gunmen killed two Israeli police officers

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Emma Walmsley poised to set out vision for pharma group next week

The travel company CEO sees voice search as the next opportunity for growth

Analysis Telecoms

Chief executive plans online bank this year as French telco revenues are stunted

Markets News

Dollar index at 13-month low, oil higher as Saudis stand by production cuts

Owners of contracts designed to insure against default frequently find themselves stymied

Acquisition of software to spot rogue trading is the first deal by chief Adena Friedman

Technology

As profits plunge, investors are too blasé about competition problems

Shares weaken as analysts question future regulatory impact on its business

Valuation is lower than 20 years ago but the business is better

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