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Drinks giant announced plans to cut costs by £200m as Chinese sales decline

What price a stock bounce? The boom that has analysts scratching their heads

Amid warnings that some shares have risen too far, Mark Leftly takes a critical look at the FTSE, and its market sectors

Derek Pain: Marston's braced for a welcome pick-me-up

No Pain, No Gain

Cadbury profits rise after UK boost





Sweet-toothed consumers in the UK and a fall in advertising costs helped Dairy Milk owner Cadbury report a rise in half-year profits today.

Business profile: The Thornbridge Brewery

‘We hired brewers of the highest calibre’

Drinks giants attacked over supplier terms

The Forum of Private Business has criticised two of the world’s largest drinks companies for changing their payment terms with smaller suppliers.

Brewer to raise prices by 7p a pint

Some beer prices may rise after a major brewer confirmed it was increasing wholesale prices to publicans.

Credo: Richard Geoffroy

Head wine-maker for Dom Pérignon, 54

Brewer calls time on hundreds of UK jobs

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the company behind the Stella Artois, Becks and Budweiser brands, looks set to cull hundreds of jobs in the UK.

Jeremy Warner: A recessionary sweet tooth is just the ticket

Outlook: General Motors seems to be going bust, Corus is slashing steel production, Royal Worcester has been forced into administration – that was only some of the negative news about the economy yesterday. All over the shop, the signs multiply of a deep recession in the making.

Observations: Architecture finally hits the bottle

In Greek, protos means new. But in Penafiel, north-western Spain, it means three million bottles of wine a year – four million when the new Bodegas Protos production plant, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour, starts production this month.

Joan Smith: We all need time off. Only the reasons differ

New parents are entitled to leave, but singles, volunteers and the plain bored should be allowed to do something other than work

InBev buys Anheuser for £26bn

US brewer Anheuser-Busch accepted a sweetened $52bn (£26bn) takeover bid from Belgium-based InBev to create the world's largest beer maker and end a month-long standoff.

Anheuser-Busch files lawsuit to hit back at suitor InBev

The American brewer Anheuser-Busch came out fighting yesterday in response to InBev's hostile move to oust the group's entire board.

InBev turns hostile in demand to remove Anheuser-Busch board

InBev has turned up the heat in its $46bn (£23bn) takeover bid on Budweiser's owner Anheuser-Busch, calling for the target's entire board to be ousted in its first direct appeal to shareholders.

David Prosser's Outlook: Getting drunk on merger gossip

Don't pay too much attention to the reports yesterday that SABMiller and InBev have held preliminary discussions about a merger in the event of the Belgian group's ambitions of buying up Anheuser Busch coming to nothing. InBev might like the idea of spooking Anheuser with talk of a deal to leave the Budweiser owner out in the cold, but I'm told there have been no substantive conversations with SAB.

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Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
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11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone