Volkswagen T5 cars are pictured at the booth of German carmaker Volkswagen at the IAA truck show in Hanover. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

German business sentiment fell for a fifth straight month in September to its lowest level in nearly 18 months, dampening expectations for a third-qua(...)

The German national flag flies beside the River Alster in Hamburg. The German economy suffered a surprise contraction in the second quarter, its first in more than a year. Photo: Bloomberg

Euro zone economic growth ground to a halt in the second quarter as Germany’s economy shrank and France’s stagnated. The zero growth reported by stati(...)

A trader watches his screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. US stocks fluctuated, after the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index produced its biggest two-day gain since April, as investors watched geopolitical developments and energy shares sank. Photograph: Reuters

Both European and US stocks fell with the euro amid concern over conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East. German investor confidence, reported by the(...)

Fiat shares tumbled the most since August 2011

European stocks were little changed yesterday as disappointing earnings from Fiat to Société Générale offset a rally in Crédit Agricole after its prof(...)

Even a brief period of work-related smartphone use after 9pm had a detrimental effect on worker engagement on the job the following day, according to a new study

Hoping for a productive day at work tomorrow? Then be sure to switch your smartphone off at 9pm. A new study indicates that using a smartphone (...)

Danone, the world’s largest yogurt maker, added 2.1 per cent to €52.11

It was a steady and dull day on the markets yesterday, with little by way of stock-specific news and little by way of economic data to affect sentimen(...)

There is currently no evidence that antibactorial soaps are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water, says the US Food and Drug Administration. Photograph: Shaul Schwarz/Getty Images

US regulators issued a proposed rule yesterday that would require makers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to demonstrate their products are(...)

Prof Oliver Gassmann: “Too often, SMEs try to reinvent the wheel. They also tend to rely on their own resources instead of opening up innovation to external partners, and this is especially relevant in times of scarce resources.” Photograph: Tomas Tyner/UCC

Innovation is an essential element for business development and success, but many innovations fail. The key reasons for such failures, according to Pr(...)