Nestle products. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/Irish Times

Nestle, the world’s biggest food maker, reported first-quarter revenue growth that exceeded analyst estimates as price increases offset weak sales of (...)

The headquarters of Lafarge  in Paris, France. The cement maker’s merger with Holcim will lead to synergies of more than €1.4 billion and probably close in the first half of 2015. Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

Holcim and Lafarge have agreed a merger to create the world’s biggest cement maker with more than $40 billion in sales and cut overcapacities a(...)

The headquarters of Roche Holding  in Basel, Switzerland. Photographer: Peter Frommenwiler/Bloomberg

Roche will halt development of a diabetes drug partly because of its undesired side-effects, marking another high-profile setback for the Swiss compa(...)