The acquisition of Russell Stover, with annual sales of about $600 million, would give Lindt a firm foothold in the US

Lindt, the Swiss chocolate-maker, is close to securing a takeover of Russell Stover, the third-largest US candy company by sales, in a deal that would(...)

Investors monitor stock market prices: benchmark indices fell in 17 of the 18 western European markets yesterday.  Photograph: Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters

The Iseq dropped about 0.8 per cent yesterday, in line with dips across most European exchanges, as gloom enveloped markets for the second day running(...)