Planet Business

Image of the week: No Supersizing In Tokyo, Japan, McDelivery scooters are lined up outside a McDonald’s store. There’s just one small problem.(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton watches the Department of the Taoiseach staff choir during the annual lunchtime recital of Christmas carols at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A brief, first World War- type truce was declared in the Dáil yesterday, but there was no crossing of enemy lines for mulled wine.The truce was preced(...)

Apple has halted online sales in Russia -- just three weeks after boosting the price of an iPhone 6 by about 25 per cent to 39,990 rubles. The value of that iPhone sale when converted into dollars already has plummeted to about $585 from $847. (Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi)

As one of 144 million Russian consumers that companies from Apple to Renault are trying to reach, university professor Elena Grekhnyova is feeling the(...)

Customers order from a walk up window at a McDonald’s. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

First came a hitch to butter supplies just as millions of Japanese prepare to tuck into Christmas cake. Now the country’s fast food lovers are contend(...)

Bean there, done that: successful older entrepreneur Peter Cullen founded Aran Candy in 1997 at the age of 50. The company, owner of the Jelly Bean Factory brand, was acquired for €15.5 million in cash earlier this year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Think it’s too late in life to start a business? Think again. Given the remarkable success of fresh-faced entrepreneurs such as Mark Zuckerberg in rec(...)

McDonald’s on Grafton Street. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The McDonald’s fast food outlet on Dublin’s Grafton Street has reopened after a substantial refurbishment programme costing more than €2 million. A ne(...)

In London Marks & Spencer lost 3 per cent amid signs that the retailer’s recently overhauled online service has been struggling to cope with Christmas demand

The latest signs of weakness from the Chinese economy spooked investors during a dismal start to the week for European markets.Mining stocks came und(...)

Thousands of mourners gather for the funeral of Tugce Albayrak in Waechtersbach, Germany today. Photograph: EPA

Hundreds of mourners have paid their last respects to a young woman hailed as a hero, who suffered fatal injuries after intervening to help two teenag(...)

Owen Killian,  Aryzta chief executive, who was recently awarded the RDS gold medal for business. Photograph:Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Food and agricultural supplies group Aryzta saw group revenue jump 13.8 per cent to €1.26 billion in first quarter of its financial year.In a trading (...)

Author Alain de Botton (R) makes notes during his week as writer-in-residence at Heathrow Airport, west London, on August 20, 2009.

Internet research has convinced some we can know everything. But away from Google’s spoon dipped into Wikipedia’s stockpot, the idea of the mystery of(...)