French food group Danone forecast underlying sales growth of up to five percent this year despite deflation in Europe and difficulties in Russia, its top market.  Photo: Bloomberg

French food group Danone forecast underlying sales growth of up to five percent this year despite deflation in Europe and difficulties in Russia, its (...)

 Nestle, the world’s biggest food company, reported the slowest annual sales growth in five years, hit by stagnant revenue in China. Photo: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Nestle, the world’s biggest food company, reported the slowest annual sales growth in five years, hit by stagnant revenue in China, its second-largest(...)

Michele Ferrero, creator of chocolate-like spread Nutella and Italy’s richest man, has died after a long illness just two months short of his 90th birthday.

Michele Ferrero, creator of chocolate-like spread Nutella and Italy’s richest man with a fortune estimated at about $23.4 billion, has died after a lo(...)

The European Central Bank’s “quantitative easing” policy means historically low borrowing costs. (Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg)

Falls in European interest rates into negative territory could profoundly affect the workings of the financial system and there is little chance of b(...)

Michele Ferrero, the late owner of the Italian confectioner that makes Nutella and other chocolate sweets. Photograph: STR/EPA

Michele Ferrero, Italy’s richest person and owner of the Ferrero Group, maker of Nutella spread and Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs, has died aged 89(...)

In a large casserole dish (or saucepan that transfers to the oven), fry the bacon in the knob of butter until it’s done (ie brown and crisp) and then (...)

Dublin index heavyweight CRH added 1.17 per cent to close at €19.83

European markets rose as oil company gains helped to counterbalance a sharp fall in Swiss equities sparked by the country’s national bank decision to(...)

Discover the secret history of your college: Trinity has secret wine cellars and of course, the Trinity ball. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Remember the first day in secondary school? Not to freak you out or anything, but college is a lot scarier. Big campuses like UCD and UCC – a world aw(...)

Sophie de Menthon with Emmanuel Macron: “What I did for four years in the private sector is very useful for what I am doing today.”

French prime minister Manuel Valls introduces his economy minister Emmanuel Macron as “the star of my government”. Macron was appointed in an emergenc(...)

New data indicating strength in the US economy helped major US, European and pan-world stock indexes to pare losses. Photograph: Reuters

Global equity markets tumbled again yesterday as investors continued to worry about world growth and on fears that Europe’s debt crisis was waking up (...)