Major US companies including Starbucks, Apple and McDonald’s, have come under intense scrutiny from China’s consumer watchdogs

Beijing says crackdowns on foreign firms are aimed at stopping abuses, but critics allege China is using investigations to protect and bolster domestic firms

The company, which makes Activia yoghurt, said that like-for-like sales in its previously fast-growing baby nutrition unit fell 8.6 per cent in the third quarter after a recall sparked by what turned out to be a false alert


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How does a post-Brexit world shape the identity and relationship of these islands

Inquests into the nightclub fire that led to the deaths of 48 people