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Bayer’s  pharmaceutical division continues to grow, with sales in 2016 likely to top €16 billion.

Bayer, the German chemicals company seeking to acquire Monsanto, reported a 5.7 per cent increase in second-quarter profit as prescription-drug sales (...)

 Swiss agrochemicals maker Syngenta: China’s state-owned ChemChina hopes to have  regulatory clearance to complete the takeover deal by the end of the year.  Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Syngenta, which has agreed to be taken over by China National Chemical for $43 billion (€39bn), said talks with regulatory authorities to win approval(...)

Hungarian Greenpeace activists demonstrate against genetically modified organism food. Photograph: Ferenc Isza/AFP/Getty Images

Nongovernmental environmental organisations, principally Greenpeace, have long been vocal in their opposition to genetically modified food. Their opp(...)

Banners fly outside the offices of De Ruite and Seminis, the vegetable seeds division of Monsanto  in the Netherlands. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Bayer raised its offer for Monsanto in a bid that values shares of the US company at $54.7 billion after being rebuffed in its initial efforts to comb(...)

Monsanto’s weak earnings could increase the possibility of M&A for the company

Monsanto is in talks with Bayer AG and other companies regarding “alternative strategic options,” a month after it rejected the German company’s $62 b(...)

A protest at the Schuman roundabout in Brussels in May against the European Commissions’ plans to relicense glyphosate in May. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

A last-minute intervention from the European Commission to extend the licence of a controversial weedkiller, which is used widely in Ireland’s tillage(...)

Irish retail sales figures are due on Tuesday

MONDAY Indicators: Euro-zone loan growth (May); US Markit services PMI flash (Jun). TUESDAY Results: Ocado Group. Indicators: Irish retail sales(...)

Wilfully unpredictable: Neil Young. Photograph:   Ross Gilmore/Redferns

Before Neil Young takes the stage for this sprawling performance, two “farmers” sprinkle seeds across the stage, a bucolic scene that harkens back to (...)

Monsanto: farmers say glyphosate, the basis for the company’s topselling weedkiller Roundup, is vital for robust yields of crops. Photograph: Juliette Michel/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union risks a legal showdown with agrichemical group Monsanto and farming unions after leading member states yesterday refused to extend (...)

Applegreen: Lounges will have desk spaces, wifi and recharging facilities.

Executive service Motorway service area company Applegreen is planning to add “executive lounges” to its petrol stations in the Republic, having alre(...)

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