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Roche is buying US-based gene therapy specialist Spark Therapeutics for $4.3 billion (€3.78 billion) after developments in this area convinced the Swi(...)

A selection of Nestle products: The Swiss company’s shares closed the day up 4.3 per cent at 86.65 Swiss francs. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Shares in Swiss food group Nestle jumped to a record high after it gained its first activist investor in Dan Loeb’s hedge fund Third Point, which dema(...)

In 1997, with Owen Killian as number two, IAWS charted its rise by buying Cuisine De France and reinventing itself as a convenience food business. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The departure of Aryzta’s long-standing boss Owen Killian, the man credited with transforming an ailing Irish agricultural business into an internatio(...)

Aryzta chief executive Owen Killian:  has sold most of his own shares in company. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Aryzta shareholders are said by market sources to be extremely frustrated at the recent collapse in the company’s share price. Shares in the Swiss-Iri(...)

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(...)