Markets US department store Sears seals deal with Amazon 2017-07-20T23:37:50.000000000+01:00 Customers will be able to turn on their Kenmore brand appliances using the Amazon gadget – a speaker which can carry out instructions when someone talks to it. Barry Callebaut branching out into biscuits and meringues 2017-07-20T22:50:45.000000000+01:00 The Swiss firm has bought Italian family-owned D’Orsogna Dolciaria for an undisclosed sum. MARKET REPORT: Profits at Vimto-owner Nichols soar 2017-07-20T22:27:21.000000000+01:00 In its results for the first half of the year, Nichols saw year-on-year revenues increase by 12.4 per cent to £63.5m while profits jumped 7.1 per cent to £12.7m. Nationwide to use its millions to start new homes boom 2017-07-20T22:17:04.000000000+01:00 Nationwide is considering a radical overhaul of its traditional savings and loans business to put more people on the property ladder. Ice cream helps giant Unilever survive a margarine slip 2017-07-20T22:16:45.000000000+01:00 The consumer goods giant – whose brands also include Marmite, Dove soap, Domestos and Hellmann’s – reported a 5.5 per cent rise in revenues to £24.6bn in the first half of the year. Vulture Elliott's fresh assault on UK miner BHP Billiton 2017-07-20T22:16:40.000000000+01:00 The aggressive hedge fund claimed the company’s interest in the fertiliser business could be a major error akin to its costly £15bn investment in US shale. Asda owner Walmart is biggest company in world by revenues 2017-07-20T22:16:36.000000000+01:00 The US chain, which has nearly 12,000 stores in 28 countries and has 2.3m employees, raked in £374bn of turnover last year. EasyJet seat sales cause an airline share sell-off 2017-07-20T22:16:33.000000000+01:00 EasyJet dropped 5.9 per cent, BA's owner IAG plunged 3.9 per cent and Lufthansa 8.6 per cent after EasyJet said it expects revenue per seat to fall by 2 per cent in the six months to September. Sports Direct profits slump 59 per cent after pound plunge 2017-07-20T22:16:30.000000000+01:00 Analysts were relieved as owner Mike Ashley made Jon Kempster finance director, a post vacant for four years. Profits fell to £113.7m for the year to April 30. But the shares surged 11 per cent. Diamond miner De Beers reports surging production 2017-07-20T22:16:23.000000000+01:00 The company produced 8.7m carats over the latest quarter, 36 per cent more than the same period last year. But sales prices have dropped by 12 per cent to around £120 per carat.