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The newly forged iron ore-to-copper empire Glencore Xstrata was forced to slash the value of its assets by $8.5bn (£5.4bn) in the first set of results since the merger that created it.

Yell chief seeks online growth

Michael Pocock, Yell's new chief executive, will talk up opportunities to expand the heavily indebted FTSE 250 directories group online in next week's third-quarter results.

LSE hails TMX deal but Canadians remain wary

Shares in the London Stock Exchange soared yesterday after it confirmed plans to merge with TMX Group, which owns the Toronto stock exchange.

London Stock Exchange in Toronto merger talks

TMX Group, the operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange, says it is in advanced talks to merge with the London Stock Exchange in a deal that would make it one of the world's largest stock markets.

Miners agree to special Chilean tax

A host of big-name mining firms have agreed to pay higher taxes to help fund reconstruction work in the wake of last year's devastating earthquake in Chile, the world's leading copper producer.

2010 at a glance: Cuts, spills, and failed floats

January

The US takes over two of Britain's market-leading brands: buy-out group KKR pays £955m for Pets at Home, and Cadbury bows to Kraft's £11.5bn offer.

David Prosser: French protectionism might make us smile, but it is still dangerous

Outlook: Britain may stick by its liberal approach to clearing foreign takeovers of domestic companies, but others will heed calls for bars on overseas buyers

The Business On: Baroness Vadera, Former minister

Wasn't she a big cheese under Labour?

Third time unlucky as BHP drops $39bn bid for Potash Corp

The world's largest miner failed to win Canada's backing despite making more than $1bn in concessions. Nikhil Kumar reports

Market Report: Pubs hope to call time on recent troubles

There was cause for cheer among pub groups yesterday, after investors were urged to make merry as analysts forecast a stable future for the troubled sector. Many of the major names saw their share prices rise in the wake of an extensive note from Execution Noble that encouraged the market to "get the pints in". In the research, the broker's analysts upgraded both Punch Taverns and Greene King to "buy", and they dutifully rose 1.05p to 68.1p and 3.6p to 446.8p, respectively.

Business News in Brief: Administrator seeks operator to run Pontin’s

Pontin’s, the holiday parks firm, has gone into administration it was announced on Friday evening.

Shell to sell Woodside stake

Shell has put a significant portion of its 34 per cent stake in Woodside Petroleum up for sale for $3.3bn (£2bn), fuelling speculation that Australia's largest oil and gas firm could become a bid target.

After precious potash, what else is hot?

Your guide to what's worth a flutter in commodities. Richard Northedge reports

David Prosser: Canada embraces protectionism

Outlook If only Britain had more Canadian instincts. That presumably is the feeling in Bournville – six months after Cadbury was sold to Kraft, despite a vociferous campaign to keep it British, people will have noticed that the Anglo-Australian mining company, BHP Billiton, has just been told it will not be allowed to buy Potash, the giant Canadian fertiliser business.

Canada blocks BHP's $39m Potash takeover

The Canadian government has blocked BHP Billiton's $39bn bid for one of the country's biggest miners, PotashCorp of Saskatchewan, bowing to gathering protectionist sentiment over the deal.

City awaits fate of BP dividend

All City eyes will be on BP next week as investors look for news on whether the beleaguered oil giant will restore its dividend payment.

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