Companies
Rise in Chinese births to 20-year high spawns Danone sales growth
Shares in the French dairy giant hit a record high after it sales growth beats forecasts, helped by surging infant formula trade in China
Fonterra slashes hopes for growth in New Zealand milk volumes
Wet weather cuts milk output prospects in the top exporting country - a setback Bank of New Zealand sees as supportive to world prices
Suedzucker shares fall, despite strong sugar output prospects
The group foresees growth in its beet yields and sugar content, on top of raised sowings. But profits fall a little short of forecasts
Whitbread extends Western deal wave in China's coffee market
The group's Costa chain buys Yueda out of a south China tie-up, in the latest of a series of investments by Western groups in the country
Select Harvests shares soar, as it reveals bid from Middle East fund
An approach from Mubadala, an investor in Virgin Galactic, sends the almond group's shares rocketing - even though the bid has been rejected
Merger wave among agrichemical giants to boost smaller rivals
... says Plant Impact, with the sector giants likely to buy-in products from smaller groups. At least, that is the lesson from the drugs sector
AgroGeneration adds to cautions on Russia, Ukraine autumn crops
The Ukraine farm operator flags a test to its autumn-harvested crops from "drought conditions", which have raised broader market concerns
Monsanto stands by Bayer deal deadline, despite Brazil concerns
A unit of Brazil's antitrust watchdog flags "competition concerns" over Bayer buying Monsanto - which unveils "banner" results
Monsanto enters debate on South American corn, soy sowings
The seed giant forecasts a shift from corn to soy in sowings in both Argentina and Brazil. That concurs with some market ideas - but not all
Cal-Maine warns over US egg price rebound, as losses beat forecasts
The world's biggest egg group is awaiting further evidence on a rebound in prices, which US officials say have been "stronger than expected"
Tyson Foods shares hit 2017 high, after beef boom lifts profits hopes
Shares in the US meat giant jump 8%, after it raises its earnings forecast for its current financial year, and sees growth in 2018 too
Cotton, coffee, soy help Dreyfus beat 'globally low' grains results
The agricultural trading giant unveils a rise in earnings, despite "fundamentally challenging" market conditions spurred by strong supplies
Rebound in UK potato sowings to end, says Produce Investments
The owner of potato packer Greenvale forecasts weaker potato prices as it unveils a profits revival, and underlines an appetite for deals