French president François Hollande  welcomes Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani as he arrives at the Élysée Palace in Paris.  Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

France and Iran “opened a new chapter in our relations” during President Hassan Rouhani’s two-day visit to the French capital, President François Holl(...)

General Electric plans to cut 6,500 jobs in Europe over the next two years, including 765 in France and 1,300 in Switzerland.

General Electric plans to cut 6,500 jobs in Europe over the next two years, including 765 in France and 1,300 in Switzerland, the company said on Wedn(...)

Joe Kaeser, chief executive officer of Siemens: “The biggest economic damage from these attacks is on confidence and confidence is a crucial element in this phase.”  Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Heightened political risk in Europe is damping companies’ investment plans and fuelling concerns about a global growth slowdown, the head of Europe’s(...)

 2015 shows coal stockpiled at the coal port of Newcastle in Australia’s New South Wales state.

Rich nations are stubbornly divided ahead of talks in Paris on Thursday to seek a deal to phase out coal subsidies in a foretaste of the difficulty of(...)

GE gets EU approval to buy Alstom power unit

General Electric has overcome the last big hurdle to the largest acquisition in its history, a $13.5 billion deal for the power business of Alstom of (...)

Shares in Irish oil and gas exploration company Providence Resources regained some ground by the close, having dipped by as much as 8 per cent earlier. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

World equity indexes gained modestly yesterday after a rout last week. Positive US housing data helped Wall Street shrug off a weak manufacturing rep(...)

 China’s state-owned railroad equipment makers CSR Corp and China CNR Corp have merged to become CRRC. It is the world’s second-biggest industrial company, trailing only General Electric. Photograph: Wang Zhaowang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

CRRC may not be a name to conjure with right now, but since this month’s merger of two of China’s state-owned railroad equipment makers, CSR Corp and (...)

 China’s state-owned railroad equipment makers CSR Corp and China CNR Corp have merged to become CRRC. It is the world’s second-biggest industrial company, trailing only General Electric. Photograph: Wang Zhaowang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

CRRC may not be a name to conjure with right now, but since this month’s merger of two of China’s state-owned railroad equipment makers, CSR Corp and (...)

Men look at a display showing market indices at the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) in Tokyo . Photograph: Thomas Peter/REUTERS

Top Greek shares lurched lower on Friday, falling 4 per cent in the wake of IMF negotiators’ withdrawal from Greek debt talks in Brussels. The volat(...)

Preliminary bids for the South Korean Tongyang Cement & Energy group are expected today and reports have suggested that CRH will  be among the suitors

European shares climbed yesterday, with car makers rising on encouraging company updates and Greek shares rebounding amid renewed hopes for a soluti(...)