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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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Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

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