Factories on the Rhine. For years now people in its Rhine-Ruhr region have become used to temperamental trains on rail bottlenecks or biblical tailbacks on an ageing Autobahn network

No amount of aspirin can cure the headaches doing the rounds at its inventor, Bayer. The German healthcare giant is the biggest name in a vast industr(...)

Ruairí Quinn and John Walshe. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

You have to say John Walshe has a great sense of timing. He hops from journalism into a plum job for Ruairí Quinn, and then, with indecent haste, b(...)

C&C results showed falls in profitability in its US and British businesses, sparking a selloff that knocked 8.6 per cent off its value. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

European stocks rallied late, reversing earlier losses, as a report showed that US economic growth had beaten forecasts.Commerce department figures s(...)

Steve Puryear, a condo owner and Airbnb host who caters to business travelers, in Austin, Texas. Airbnb, which lets travelers rent space for short periods, has set up a portal to attract business travelers looking for alternatives to hotels. Photograph: Ilana Panich-Linsman/The New York Times

Lauren Hauber has moved past the days of trudging down the hotel corridor with an ice bucket. Like a growing number of business travellers, Hauber, a (...)

The material science division has an estimated equity value of at least €8 billion, according to one person close to Bayer. This could make its market debut the biggest European float since the €6.1 billion IPO of chipmaker Infineon Technologies in 2000

German drugmaker Bayer intends to float its plastics business in what would be one of the biggest European initial public offerings in years, even as (...)

Monsanto’s DeKalb brand seed corn sits at the Crop Production Services warehouse in Illinois. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Aaron Kirchfeld, Andrew Noel in London and Patrick Winters in Zurich The desire to avoid US corporate taxes has now spread to agricultural giants – as(...)

WhatsUpMum: pregnancy app.

The popularity of smartphones and the availability of apps mean there is a whole world of information at your fingertips. That’s particularly useful w(...)

Property: its gains must be seen in the context of its recent fails

Who has the fairest fund of them all? If you’re looking for an investment with an element of risk, a fund is always an option for diversifying (...)

André Borschberg, Co-founder and CEO and Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman (in the cockpit)  standing beside the cockpit of Solar Impulse 2, the single seater solar airplane with which they will attempt  the first round-the-world solar flight.  Photograph: Jean Revillard/Rezo.ch

A solar-powered aircraft that will attempt to fly round the world next March was revealed in Switzerland this afternoon. It will fly day and ni(...)

Left to right: 2fm ‘Breakfast Republic’ presenters Bernard O’Shea, Keith Walsh and Jennifer Maguire, with Enda Ryan, Berocca brand manager

2fm’s new morning show Breakfast Republic , which begins on Monday, will be sponsored by mul(...)