Website homepage of online retailer Just Eat. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Hungry diners swapping takeaway menus for tablet computers helped pretax profits at Just Eat almost treble in the online takeaway group’s maiden half-(...)

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Image of the week: Go to gate Soon there will be no more Heathrow Terminal 1 circle of hell for Aer Lingus passengers flying to Ireland. The airl(...)

An employee walks past a logo of Alibaba Group at its headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. The Chinese ecommerce giant is about to file for an initial public offering (IPO) in the US, with talk of a $170 billion valuation. Photograph: Reuters

Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba is about to file for an initial public offering (IPO) in the US, with talk of a sky-high $170 billion valuation(...)

Image of the week: As seen on screen Charlie, Kirstie, Luna, Felix . . . An employee of Asos in this season’s loose casuals arranges photographs (...)

Half year revenue rose 34 per cent to £481.7 million. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

British online fashion retailer ASOS posted a 22 per cent fall in first half profit, reflecting its move to step-up the pace of infrastructure (...)

H&M says operating profit rose 8.7% to 3.4 billion Swedish kronor, although the increase would have been 14% without the cost of long-term investments. Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Hennes and Mauritz (H&M), Europe’s second-biggest clothing retailer, says the cost of investing in online expansion weighed on first-quarte(...)

Discount retailers are well represented in the dozen of British retailers lining up IPOs in coming months. For Poundland, the price tag is put at about £800 million.Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/ Bloomberg via Getty Images

Britain’s privately-owned retailers are scrambling to list on the London stock market, with more than a dozen lining up initial public offerings (IPOs(...)

Aer Lingus fell almost 1 per cent to €1.43 on the  Dublin stock exchange yesterday, while Ryanair fell back 0.52 per cent to €6.84.

National benchmark indexes fell in every western European market except for Greece and Iceland as investors weighed data that showed a manufacturing c(...)

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Image of the week: ‘And what do you do?’ A red carpet of Stormtroopers with bonus Darth Vader is probably just an everyday event in the life of t(...)

Eily O’Connell mace cufflinks, €190 at Coldlilies.com; Zara’s trekking trainers, €49.95; Thomas Sabo watch, €239; grey Fairisle patterned cardigan, €75 by Mantaray at Debenhams

Buying for a man – father, brother, husband or boyfriend – is always a challenge. While women compile lists of items they would love, and helpfully dr(...)