Ryanair closed 1.57 per cent up at €7.394, after breaking the €7.40 mark earlier in the day. The airline released figures showing August passenger numbers were up 4 per cent at 9.4 million. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

European stocks rose as Russia and Ukraine agreed on the steps needed for a truce, while a poor euro zone purchasing managers’ index stoked specula(...)

A Chinese retailer is offering insurance to customers who buy infant milk powder, highlighting the lengths to which companies are going to address con(...)

A new Mercedes-Benz car is seen at a parking lot outside a dealership in Beijing. German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has been found guilty of manipulating prices for after-sales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing regulators. Photograph:  Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has been found guilty of manipulating prices for after-sales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency r(...)

The Husi Food factory in Shanghai, which is under investigation  by the authorities. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Here at Asia Briefing we often discuss how China’s desire for high standards in food safety presents opportunities for Irish companies; the country’s (...)

Danone said its fresh dairy products division in Europe has seen overall business fall back, with local cases of surplus capacity. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Danone said it plans to shut plants in Italy, Germany and Hungary, eliminating 325 jobs, because of a drop in fresh dairy sales in Europe. The planned(...)

Bottles of Actimel yoghurt drinks, produced by Danone, sit on a shelf in the chilled section of a supermarket. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Danone is in talks with Nestlé and other potential buyers over the disposal of most of its medical nutrition division, as it eyes an expansion of its (...)

The proposed takeover by American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer of its British rival AstraZeneca has led to the British business secretary Vince Cable addressing parliament to affirm the government’s commitment to securing British science jobs. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The European Commission would probably block any attempt by the British government to intervene in Pfizer’s proposed takeover of AstraZeneca as Brusse(...)

Google offices in Barrow Street, Dublin. Despite having substantial operations in the UK and elsewhere, Google’s taxable presence is deemed to be in Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Governments across the world are annoyed by the sight of multinationals doing business within their economies yet paying little or no tax there(...)

Brendan Cleary (left) with his De Mad Food Co brand and twin brother Vincent with his Glenisk brand

Brendan Cleary, the founder of De Mad Food Company which featured on Dragon (...)

Sales were hit by several one-off events, including the extreme cold in the US which made people shop less

Nestle expects sales growth to pick up in the next few quarters after slowing to 4.2 per cent in local currencies in the first, when unusually (...)