Jill Mahoney (Ballymaloe); Caroline Hands (Ballymaloe); Julieann Twomey (Kerry Foods) and Maxine Hyde (Ballymaloe) at the Bord Bia Awards. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish food companies were recognised at the “Oscars” of the sector yesterday evening, held to underpin growth and competitiveness and elevate the indu(...)

Bia Beauty Natural Skincare: Tracey Ryan’s range combines plant-based exfoliants with cleansing and nourishing essential oils

Plastics are everywhere, but I’d bet most of us don’t realise they’re even in our skincare products. For years, cosmetic companies have been adding(...)

 China rattled global markets this week by devaluing its currency – the yuan. Photo: Bloomberg

What did China do? China rattled global markets this week by devaluing its currency – the yuan. It adjusted the value of its currency downward compare(...)

In a world where bank deposits provide almost no income, where long-dated bonds offer minuscule income and no inflation protection and where risks to (...)

Chief executive Kasper Rorsted said company expected a ‘difficult’ economy

Henkel, the maker of Loctite glue and Schwarzkopf shampoo, reported first-quarter profit which beat analyst estimates as the strong dollar and a strin(...)

Supermarket chain Sainsbury rose after deciding to axe 800 store jobs in a drive to cut costs. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

European stocks declined yesterday as data showed euro zone output expanded at a slower pace in April and Ericsson-led technology shares lowered. A(...)

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(...)