Clariant's first-quarter sales from continuing operations rose 30% in local currencies and 26% in Swiss francs to 1.26 billion Swiss francs, with pricing contributing 16% to growth, the Swiss chemicals group said.
A consortium led by India's Reliance Industries could become the front-runner to buy the Boots chain from Walgreens Boots Alliance with the other major bidder reportedly on the verge of walking away from any deal.
British e-commerce company THG was at the centre of a bid battle on Thursday, rejecting an offer from two investment groups and learning that local entrepreneur Nick Candy was considering making a bid.
Luxury e-commerce company Revolve Group Inc. announced on Tuesday a 58% sales surge for the first quarter ending March 31, on the back of double-digit growth in new active customers for the three months.
Unilever’s Q1 results on Thursday saw the multinational fast-moving consumer goods firm turning in a strong sales rise, although that was down to price rises with volume sales actually dipping slightly.
Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd and U.S. buyout firm Apollo Global Management are planning a joint bid for UK high street pharmacy chain Boots, a spokesperson for Apollo confirmed on Wednesday.