The state flag of Mississippi, which incorporates the   Confederate flag , is displayed with the flags of the other 49 states and territories in the tunnel connecting the senate office building and the US Congress. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

The Confederate flag has meant different things to different people over the years in the United States. It is far more than just a diagonal blue cros(...)

 Democratic presidential candidate and former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters on Tuesday  at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri. Photograph:  Whitney Curtis/Getty Images. 1:40

As politicians across the southern US spoke out against the Confederate battle flag and the nation’s largest retailers pulled items with its image (...)

The Confederate flag flies on the Capitol grounds after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced that she will call for the Confederate flag to be removed  in Columbia, South Carolina. Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty Images 1:40

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Monday called on politicians to take down the Confederate battle flag at the state capitol grounds, a week aft(...)

 Looking out from Gap on the southeast corner of Herald Square in New York. American brands, including Gap and J. Crew, are reporting slumping sales, while foreign fast-fashion brands like H&M and Uniqlo lure away their customers. (Photograph: Yana Paskova/The New York Times)

At 8:50 on a Wednesday morning, nearly two dozen shoppers hovered in front of H&M’s new global flagship store on the corner of West 34th Street a(...)

Michael O’Leary of Ryanair: airline advanced 1.7 per cent to €11.75. Photograph: Dave Meehan

European and US shares rebounded after several negative days of trading, amid optimism that Greece will reach a deal with its creditors. In Europe, s(...)

Aer Lingus inched up 0.6 per cent to €2.44 as markets digested the news that Etihad planned to sell its near 5 per cent stake in the airline

US and European stocks declined as investors fretted about Greece and the timing of a US interest rate hike. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index(...)

Paul Walsh (left), Dell’s chief information officer, with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and president of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Dell Aongus Hegarty at the announcement of Dell’s decision to create 100 innovation technology R&D roles at its Limerick Campus. Photograph: Don Moloney / Press 22

When Paul Walsh started out with Dell, it was in customer support. Back then, the company was concentrating on shifting PCs, allowing customers to bui(...)

New York’s attorney general has questioned 13 national retailers, including Gap, Target and JC Penney, about “on-call shifts”, a staffing practice th(...)

 The Willis Tower in Chicago: the building last changed hands in 2004 when MetLife sold it  for $840 million. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Blackstone, the world’s biggest real estate investor, is set to buy one of the world’s best known buildings, Chicago’s Willis Tower, for $1.5 billion (...)

Michael Jeffries stirred controversy when he said Abercrombie’s clothes were not meant for “fat” people. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Abercrombie & Fitch Co chief executive Michael Jeffries, who transformed the logo-centric clothing retailer from a drab sports brand into a fashio(...)