Supply Chain Issues Cost U.K. Companies Money

A severe winter has caused supply chain problems for Tate & Lyle - the maker of Splenda - causing shares to fall to a three-year low, the British company recently announced.

Another U.K.-based company, grocer Tesco, has reported errors in supplier contracts have led to yet another cut in its profit outlook.

U.S.-based CF Industries Holdings Inc. is reportedly participating in merger talks with Yara International - a Norway company. If the companies merge, it would create the world’s largest nitrogen fertilizer producer.

German companies, including Merck KGaA and Siemens AG, announced they had purchased or planned to acquire U.S. firms to boost growth and better serve customers.

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