The Carrefour deal marks  Abilio  Diniz’s return to retailing and closer ties with the Carrefour group, in which he has built a stake of a little under 3 per cent. Photograph: Christoiphe Ena/AP

Carrefour has sold a 10 per cent stake in its Brazilian business to billionaire Abilio Diniz (77), in a first step towards a possible separate listing(...)

Myriam Bello, who is only permitted to work 30 hours a week at a New-Look clothing store, in Cergy, France. Photograph: The New York Times

On a recent weekday, Saifi Ahlem caught a 5 am Metro to get to her job as a passengers’ assistant at Orly Airport, where she often works 44 hours a we(...)

Joanne O’Donnell with Sam (4) and Ben Wallace (13) at home in Killaloe, Co Clare. Photograph: Brian Arthur/ Press 22

‘Would you go back?” It’s the definitive question in post-holiday conversations. To answer “no” suggests your holiday was far from perfect – although,(...)

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis is expected to spend his first months at the retailer listening. Photograph: EPA

When Dave Lewis takes over as chief executive of Tesco in October, following the sudden ousting of Philip Clarke last week, he faces the task of reviv(...)

Stock markets fell sharply in Europe as Middle East crisis intensifies. Photograph: EPA

European stocks fell sharply as violence in the Middle East escalated and a report showed the US economy shrank in the first quarter by the most sinc(...)

Investors turn away from airlines on the back of concern over oil prices arising from the ongoing crisis in Iraq. Photograph: Reuters

European stocks declined yesterday, after posting a ninth weekly gain in 10, as investors watched developments in Iraq and as euro-zone manufacturing(...)

Tesco Express on Kimmage Road Lower in Dublin. The supermarket giant this morning said that its performance in Ireland is “improving”, after a continued decline in its market share. Photograph: David Sleator/THE IRISH TIMES

UK supermarket giant Tesco said this morning that its performance in the Irish market is “starting to improve”, although the market remains “ inten(...)

Lady Neville-Rolfe: “Some villages will end up without retail.”

Lucy Neville-Rolfe remembers when her then young children caused chaos running around 10 Downing Street during John Major’s years when she came in one(...)

ASOS shares have more than doubled in the last year, helped by the fact that there are few listed online retailers for investors looking for exposure to booming e-commerce. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

European retailers are flocking to list in 2014 but traditional high-street chains are notable by their absence, replaced instead by the online(...)

 Exxon Mobil’s biggest international exploration opportunity may be imperilled by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Ukrainian foray, as US-based companies could face restrictions on doing business in Russia. Photograph: Reuters/Alexei Druzhinin

The market in Dublin treaded water yesterday as European stocks were little changed generally, after rallying on (...)