Atlas Copco AB said British vacuum- pump maker Edwards Group Ltd., acquired in August, increased profitability last year and will further benefit from the combination with the world’s largest maker of air compressors.
Chancellor Angela Merkel reached out to the U.K. in a speech to lawmakers in London, saying that Britain and Germany have a shared responsibility to make Europe stronger and economically more competitive.
Standard Life Plc, the life insurer founded in Scotland in 1825, said it’s preparing to shift business elsewhere should voters opt for independence from the U.K. and risks around the currency and regulation increase.
Prime Minister David Cameron said remaining in the U.K. would give Scotland the “maximum benefit” from North Sea oil and gas reserves, as he clashed with nationalist leader Alex Salmond over independence.
European Union governments imposed sanctions on Ukrainian officials, and the country’s parliament rejected President Viktor Yanukovych’s crackdown following the deadliest day of protests in the capital Kiev.