Sales at Bayer’s crop science division increased 84%  last quarter, boosted by the addition of Monsanto. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/Reuters

Bayer vowed to defend its embattled weedkiller Roundup, moving to reassure investors that its $63 billion (€55.8bn) acquisition of Monsanto will boost(...)

Amin Nasser, chief executive of Aramco: “Aramco is ready for the initial offer and the timing remains subject to the state’s decision,” he said on Friday.  Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

Saudi Aramco signalled another potential delay for the world’s largest initial public offering after it started talks this week to buy a stake in a lo(...)

Signage on the exterior of Microsoft’s flagship store in New York.   Photograph: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg

Microsoft’s cloud-fuelled turnaround persisted in the fiscal fourth quarter, when sales and profit got a boost from customers signing up for more inte(...)

Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief executive of Renault-Nissan said that the company aims to become a major LCV player in China. (Photograph: Reuters)

Renault has agreed to buy almost half of Brilliance China Automotive Holdings unprofitable minibus unit, giving the French carmaker’s light-commercial(...)

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(...)

Home Retail has confirmed the group is to sell Homebase to Wesfarmers

Australia’s home-improvement leader is coming Europe after Wesfarmers agreed to buy Home Retail Group’s Homebase chain for £340 million. Bunnings, w(...)

Tesco: the agreement to offload its South Korean business knocks £4.23 billion off total borrowings. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Tesco, which announced the sale of its South Korean business on Monday, is also considering divesting its central and eastern European operations to f(...)

Shares erased a decline of as much as 0.8 per cent after an official said Greece’s creditors proposed a five-month extension to the aid programme and €15.5 billion in disbursements to help seal a debt agreement. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

European stocks were little changed, after swinging between gains and losses, as investors weighed the possibility of a successful outcome to last- d(...)

In the first quarter Kingfisher put agreements in place with two national retailers to take over its lease agreements on 14 B&Q stores over the next two years. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Kingfisher, Europe’s largest home improvement retailer, met analysts’ expectations for first-quarter earnings and reached agreements to complete almos(...)

De Beers, the world’s biggest diamond producer, to cut output from 34 to 30 million carats this year as demand drops. Photograph: Reuters.

De Beers, the world’s biggest diamond producer, cut its output target for the year as demand for the gems weakens and prices fell for a second quarter(...)

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