Customers shop at a Primark store on Oxford Street in London. After Thursday’s opening in Boston the company will open  another store in Philadelphia before Christmas and a further half dozen or so are planned next year. Photograph: Reuters

Cut-price fashion chain Primark on Thursday makes its most ambitious international expansion yet, moving into the lucrative, but notoriously treachero(...)

AGA is at the centre of a takeover tussle after revealing US electronic appliances giant Whirlpool was considering a bid to rival Middleby’s £129 million offer. Photograph: PA

The Aktiebolaget Gas Accumulator sounds like a piece of heavy factory machinery or a component of a grimy car engine. Shorten the name to Aga, however(...)

Tony Pidgley: left home at the age of 15, barely able to read or write, bought a lorry and went into business for himself. Now Pidgley looks set to enter the City record books by sharing in one of the biggest- ever boardroom bonanzas – a bonus scheme by housebuilder Berkeley Group

Tony Pidgley’s life reads like a feel-good film script. Born to a single mother in Surrey in 1947, he ended up in a Barnardos home and at the age of f(...)

George Osborne: accused by the opposition of a “cavalier” attitude towards taxpayers’ money. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Why now? That’s the question they were asking in the City and at Westminster as the UK government booked a £1 billion loss on the sale of the first tr(...)

 Land Rover   manufacturing plant in Solihull, UK : Manufacturing in Britain shrank by 0.3 per cent in the second quarter, the sector’s worst performance since early 2013. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The road to economic recovery has been long and hard. Now, finally, Britain’s gross domestic product per head of population has returned to levels las(...)

M&S executive John Dixon: the  26-year M&S veteran was widely seen as a potential successor to chief executive Marc Bolland. He has quit to take on the role of chief executive at another company. Photograph:  M&S/PA Wire

Online fridges and washing machines retailer AO World has had a wild ride since it went public a year and a half ago. Its stunning stock market debut (...)

 Tony Hayward: “I’m 58 years old and I want a slightly less full-on life.” Photograph: Reuters

Five years after being forced out of BP in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Tony Hayward is still causing controversy – and he still wants (...)

Chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne: his second budget in four months and the first without having to worry about his Lib Dem coalition partners. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

This time next week George Osborne will be preparing to deliver his first budget as chancellor in a Conservative-only government. The summer budget, a(...)

Thorntons has become something of a joke in the City for its repeated profit warnings, its failure to sell eggs at Easter or boxed chocolates at Christmas and its constant complaints about the weather being too hot or too cold – or sometimes both. Photograph: EPA

The takeover of a famous British name by an overseas bidder is usually greeted with a chorus of complaints about the erosion of the nation’s industria(...)

Chancellor George Osborne, never one to let some good data pass unremarked, yesterday welcomed what he called a “powerful mix” of low prices and rising wages

If you blinked, you’ll have missed it: the UK’s brief descent into deflation has ended, with official figures yesterday showing the cost of living cre(...)