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US aerospace giant Boeing has unveiled a record $10 billion (£6.1 billion) share buyback and 50 per cent hike in the dividend.

GSK joins forces with Pfizer to form HIV group

The world's two biggest drugs companies, GlaxoSmithKline and the US group Pfizer, are to pool their resources and form a new company in the search for new HIV treatments.

Small Talk: Imaginatik is inspired by big ideas

If there is one thing the Aim market should be doing it is allowing small-cap companies with a good idea to grow and take advantage of all the benefits – not least funding opportunities – that come with having a public listing. And while things are pretty dire for a large number of these groups that sought investors' money in the good times, some are showing that it is not all woe.

Pfizer to pay £50m after deaths of Nigerian children in drug trial experiment

Out of court settlement in the case that inspired 'The Constant Gardener'

Obama battles big pharma

Pfizer's latest mega deal reflects the threats faced by global drugs firms, not least from the new US president, says Alistair Dawber

Pfizer pays $68bn for Wyeth

Pfizer, the world's biggest pharmaceutical company by revenue, yesterday confirmed the worst kept business secret of the last few days by announcing that it is buying fellow US group Wyeth for $68bn (£49bn).

Pfizer and Wyeth in takeover talks to create pharmaceutical giant

Pfizer, the world's largest drugs group, is in talks with its US rival Wyeth about a takeover that, if finalised, would be one of the biggest merger deals ever seen in the pharmaceutical sector.

Thousands more jobs lost as rescue package launched

Almost 3,000 job cuts were announced within hours of the Government unveiling a rescue package aimed at firms hit by the financial crisis.

Market Report: Shire higher on talk of bid by rival Pfizer

Earlier this week, the chief executive of Pfizer – the pharma giant that produced Viagra – said he could countenance a deal with rivals that were "big, small and inbetween".

Book review: Creative thinking begins inside the box

Creativity Unlimited: Thinking Inside the Box for Business Innovation, By Michael Dahlén Wiley (£19.99)

Pill taken before sex would prevent transmission of HIV

Scientists are developing a pill to be taken before sex that would stop transmission of HIV. In the latest development in the battle against the global epidemic which claimed two million lives last year, researchers are investigating whether drugs used to treat the disease might be harnessed to protect against it.

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.

Market Report: Shire fizzes higher on Pfizer bid speculation

The pharmaceuticals company Shire, a perennial target of takeover talk, was buoyed by renewed bid speculation yesterday. The US drugs giant Pfizer was reported to be considering a £13-per- share offer for its smaller British peer. Investors were excited and Shire's stock soared to an early intra-day high of 1,035p – an increase of 92p, or almost 10 per cent, on Thursday's closing price.

Drug giant Pfizer tries to force medical journal to reveal anonymous sources

A multinational drugs company is trying to force a medical science journal to reveal the confidential statements made by the journal's expert reviewers in a test case that could undermine one of the central tenets of the scientific process.

Anti-smoking drug linked to suicides given NHS approval

The anti-smoking drug Champix should be offered to smokers who want to kick the habit despite fears that it is linked to suicides, according to the Government's health watchdog.

The Investment Column: The sell-off in Speedy Hire has been overdone

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