Grapes of wrath: since 2012, excise on wine has risen by 62 per cent in Ireland with the tax take from a standard €9 bottle increasing from 39 per cent to 54 per cent. Photograph: EPA

Excise on wine is now 106 times higher in Ireland than in France, according to a new study, which reveals that despite this, sales continue to reboun(...)

Google’s Sundar Pichai: it appears that seemingly minor details, ranging from a person’s economic background to whether or not he has a daughter, can be predictive of a chief executive’s tenure

New Google chief executive Sundar Pichai is Indian, comes from a humble background, is married, and has a daughter and a son. Readers might ask: so wh(...)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley at launch of the Guinness Pro12 in London. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Andrew Trimble is back sprinting, covertly, in the company of the Ulster medical staff. Marty Moore, wearing a moon boot for a slight foot issue th(...)

 John Barrett from Togher, Co Cork,  winner of the Irish Champion Cow Final, at the Virginia Show in Co Cavan. Photograph: Eric Luke

Milk prices might be on the floor, but that did not deter 15,000 farming folk from heading to one of the highlights in their calendar, the Virginia Ag(...)

Joseph Curtin of the IIEA pictured speaking at the Leadership From in Climate Smart Agriculture held in the RDS on Thursday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ireland needs to develop its agricultural sector to be climate smart but also economically rewarding to farmers and to food producers, a new group has(...)

Globally, Guinness sales were flat in the 12 months to the end of June

Sales of Guinness rose 2 per cent in Ireland in the year ending June 30th but were flat elsewhere. Meanwhile, sales of Baileys - the most popular crea(...)

HeyStaks’ platform analyses smartphone behaviour anonymously to understand the intent and interests of users

UCD-based start-up firm HeyStaks has raised €1.5 million in investment from the Denis O’Brien-owned mobile network provider Digicel to help bring its (...)

Volkswagen slid 2.7 per cent, pacing losses among carmakers, after ‘Manager Magazin’ said a drop in its Chinese deliveries could hurt earnings by more than €1 billion. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

European stocks fell with miners and auto-related shares leading the plunge, extending their first weekly drop in three, as data around the world s(...)

Diageo, which owns Guinness, has been under pressure lately to more closely align its shipments to distributors with their sales to customers

Drinks giant Diageo is under scrutiny in the US, where the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has asked for information to see whether it shippe(...)

David Smith: after four years in Ireland, he will head up Diageo’s Australia and New Zealand operations

Going-away drinks will presumably soon be flowing for Diaego Ireland boss David Smith, who has just been appointed to head up Diaego’s operations in A(...)