The E. Marinella company has been making hand-sewn ties for VIPs and politicians for three generations. It is based in a small store in the Italian city of Naples.
The Japanese auto giant has lifted its full-year earnings forecast amid a double-digit jump in net profit in the last quarter and confirmed plans of a capital tie-up with rival Mazda to build a joint factory in the US.
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, maker of Viagra, will merge with Allergan, maker of Botox, for an astronomical sum, creating the world's largest pharma firm. The reason? Experts say tax avoidance is a major motivation.
Italy's Luxottica, maker of the Ray-Ban spectacles, and French ophthalmic lenses producer Essilor have agreed to merge. It's one of Europe's largest cross-border tie-ups, shaking up the eyewear industry.
Industrial gas maker Linde of Germany and its US rival Praxair are resuming talks about a possible merger. A tie-up between the two enterprises would no doubt create the biggest company in the sector globally.
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