In the first quarter, underlying sales rose 2.8 per cent

Unilever reported better-than-expected sales for the first quarter on Thursday, showing improvement from the hammering it took last year from weak eme(...)

Google chairman Eric Schmidt: “I’m not a dystopian. I’m a utopian, and I believe technology will make us happier and the world a greater place.”  Photograph: Victor J Blue/Bloomberg

Society shouldn’t fear the rise of artificial intelligence or robots, according to the executive chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt. Speaking as part o(...)

Investors fear that PM Alexis Tsipras and his new government’s anti-austerity stance will jeopardise liquidity. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

European stocks were little changed as companies led by the Nordic region’s Nordea Bank and Sweden’s Electrolux advanced on positive earnings reports(...)

Irish TV viewing figures in 2014 were unchanged on 2013

The nation’s fondness for watching television continued unabated in 2014, with figures compiled by Nielsen for industry ratings body Tam Ireland sugge(...)

On a high: the continued advance of equities means one influential strategist sees almost no value in the US market and precious little elsewhere.Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

The US stock market is “hideously expensive,” according to James Montier, an influential strategist with GMO, a global investment management firm bas(...)

Duracell a “brilliant move” for Berkshire, analyst says  Photograph: Bloomberg

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway said it would buy Procter & Gamble’s Duracell battery unit in a stock swap, taking over a business the billion(...)

The PwC office in Luxembourg: The leaked documents reviewed by ICIJ involve deals negotiated by PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the world’s largest accounting firms, on behalf of hundreds of corporate clients.

Pepsi, IKEA, FedEx and 340 other international companies have secured secret deals from Luxembourg, allowing many of them to slash their global tax bi(...)

Volvo rallied 6.9 per cent for the biggest gain in almost three years

The Iseq slipped 0.6 per cent, helped by falls at Fyffes and C&C related to their respective takeover stories, on an otherwise uneventful day. Eu(...)

Flogging the family silver in times of need has long been a discreet tradition among the no longer wealthy. Selling in London means avoiding the embar(...)

Founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Jack Ma attends the company’s initial price offering (IPO) at the New York Stock Exchange.

Alibaba ’s shares surged in their first day of trading on Friday as investors jumped at the chance to get in on what looks likely to be the largest i(...)