The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 23.31 points, or 0.11 per cent, in early trade on Friday. Photograph:  Bryan R Smith/AFP/Getty Images

The euro and stocks dipped on Friday ahead of the first round of the French presidential election. Far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who wants to ditch (...)

Danone  yoghurt: the company said the slowdown in its growth reflected tough market conditions in Spain and problems with the relaunch of its Activia brand in Europe. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Food group Danone unveiled a €1 billion cost-cutting plan over three years, saying the turnaround of its European dairy division was taking longer tha(...)

This year’s largest deal so far, Bayer’s $66 billion takeover of Monsanto, was clinched in the third quarter.

The value of announced mergers and acquisitions (M&A) worldwide fell 27 per cent year-on-year to $753 billion in the third quarter of 2016, as app(...)

 Gregg Engles, chairman and chief executive officer of WhiteWave with Franck Riboud, chairman of French food group Danone. Photograph: John Schults/Reuters

France’s Danone said yesterday it would double the size of its US business by buying organic foods producer WhiteWave Foods for $10.4 billion in its l(...)

 Euronext Stock Exchange,  Paris: European markets made gains on Thursday, ending a three-day slide with London’s FTSE up 1.09 per cent. The CAC in Paris rose 0.8 per cent and Germany’s Dax was 0.49 per cent higher. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty

World stocks climbed as riskier assets like equities received a bump from a second day of positive US data and worries eased over the impact of Brita(...)