The drinks industry in Ireland has been undergoing something of a renaissance with a big rise in the number of distilleries and breweries being est(...)

Henkel is seeking to increase revenue to €20 billion in 2016 from €16.5 billion last year, with half of sales coming from emerging markets

Henkel, the maker of Persil detergent and Loctite glue, increased its 2014 profitability forecast, helped by better-than-expected growth in Russia. Th(...)

One of Punch’s biggest sellers is colour catcher, designed to prevent dye running in clothes washes.

Homecare products specialist Punch Industries paid its French owner an €11 million dividend last year, the latest figures show.Cork-based Punch Indus(...)

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(...)