The plan, to raise about €4 billion from listing a 40 per cent stake in Poste Italiane on the Milan stock exchange in October, is the main plank of prime minister Matteo Renzi’s stalled drive to sell off state assets. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli

Italy will fire the starting gun on the flotation of its 153- year-old national post office in early August, kicking off a widely anticipated €12 bill(...)

Car firms, struggling with lacklustre growth in established markets are hoping to reap lucrative business from re-opened Iran, but will face stiff competition from Chinese rivals

The world’s carmakers have been plotting their assault on Iran for several years. But when they arrive in the newly opened country - marking a long-aw(...)

Martin Franklin set up Platform  in 2013 to buy specialty chemicals companies

US chemicals maker Platform Specialty Products Corp said it would buy Britain’s Alent Plc for about £1.35 billion in cash to expand the range of chemi(...)

John Brennan, chief executive of the Jurys Inn group. “A flotation is certainly one option given the business’s scale”

The Jurys Inn hotel group, which comprises more than 30 properties in Ireland and Britain, is to form the centrepiece of a new hotel company that is(...)

CRH attributed an enterprise value of about £414 million to UK brick maker Ibstock. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A UK brick company sold by CRH six months ago in a £414 million (€578 million) deal is being prepared for a flotation with a highly ambitious valua(...)

Intel’s acquisition is the third multibillion-dollar semiconductor deal since March, and comes days after Singapore-based Avago acquired US rival Broadcom for $37 billion in the largest acquisition seen in the technology sector since the late-1990s dotcom bubble, Photograph: Pichi Chuang/Reuters

Intel concluded the largest deal in its history on Monday as it agreed to acquire Altera, a maker of programmable processors, for $16.7 billion, in th(...)

A genuine zebra crossing on the Massai Mara in Kenya

One of the biggest risks I found travelling through Kenya was the ever-present threat of getting all poetic. It happened when we got out of our jeep t(...)

French president Francois Hollande: he took drastic action by overriding parliament to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty

French president François Hollande took drastic action on Tuesday to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms, overriding parliam(...)

Michael Noonan: reiterated his recent comments that the Government was in no rush to offload some or all of its 99.8 per cent shareholding in AIB

The Department of Finance has tendered for an adviser to assist it in dealing with its strategic options for AIB. It will choose from one of the thre(...)

Maurice Levy, chief executive officer of Publicis, has blamed the group’s poor performance on the hangover from Publicis’ failed “merger of equals” with world number two agency Omnicom. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes

Publicis, the world’s third-largest advertising agency, has agreed to buy digital ad specialist Sapient for $3.7 billion in cash as it seeks to accele(...)