Swiss company Holcim receives more than 60 bids for assets it must sell to win approval for a merger with Lafarge. Photographer: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

Switzerland’s Holcim has received more than 60 bids for assets it must sell to win regulatory approval for a merger with Lafarge, the cement company s(...)

Holcim and Lafarge are selling assets as part of their merger. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Indian billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla, owner of India’s biggest cement maker, is among bidders weighing offers for all the assets being sold by Holc(...)

Lafarge chief executive Bruno Lafont says talks with Brussels have been “constructive”. Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

Lafarge and Holcim are about to request approval from the European Commission for their planned merger, Lafarge chief executive Bruno Lafont told repo(...)

Albert Manifold, CRH chief executive, should stand by his “fad-driven” analysis. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

“We forgot the core principle of CRH, which is that we used to make businesses better. We will never again go down the road of buying market trends an(...)

Albert Manifold  took over as chief executive  in January. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Irish building materials giant CRH has landed an option to acquire a majority stake in its French publicly quoted joint-venture partner, Samse, under(...)

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold:  a chance to really make his mark. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Does CRH, as has been speculated this week, really have the appetite to swallow a €6 billion-plus portfolio of assets that will be shed by Lafarge and(...)

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen during her monthly news conference yesterday in Washington, DC. US stocks advanced yesterday, sending the S&P 500 Index above a record closing level, after the Fed pledged to keep borrowing costs low for a “considerable time” after its asset-purchase programme ends. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Hopes that the world’s central bankers will continue to support economic recovery gave European markets their first lift in nine days yesterday. (...)

The cement industry in China is getting dangerously close to a glut.  Photograph: Bloomberg

These are hard times for China’s cement industry. Last week, the government issued a decree ordering officials to halt the development of new cement a(...)

German postal and logistics group  Deutsche Post gained 2.2 per cent to €23.75 after reporting a 5.7 per cent increase in quarterly profit. Photograph: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

European stocks made a modest rebound after four days of losses, as companies including Credit Agricole and Deutsche Post reported better-than-expe(...)

Holcim and Lafarge, seeking antitrust backing for a planned $40 billion merger, have outlined an initial list of assets for sale. Photo: Bloomberg

Holcim and Lafarge, seeking antitrust backing for a planned $40 billion merger, outlined an initial list of assets for sale to cut the importance of E(...)