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Monsanto’s shares ended 0.8 per cent lower at $106.10 in New York on Tuesday amid uncertainty over whether any agreed deal will clear antitrust hurdles. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Bayer is bracing itself for tough regulatory scrutiny of its $66 billion deal to acquire Monsanto, which will transform the German aspirin-to-chemical(...)

A deal with Monsanto would give Bayer a shot at grabbing the top spot in the fast-consolidating farm supplies industry. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

German pharmaceutical and crops manufacturer Bayer said its negotiations with Monsanto Co had advanced, and it was now willing to offer more than $65 (...)

Syngenta had said in July it expected the deal to close this year despite concerns that US regulators could throw a spanner in the works

A US regulator has cleared ChemChina’s $43 billion takeover of Swiss pesticides and seeds group Syngenta, the companies said on Monday, boosting chanc(...)

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(...)

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