EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager: despite inquiries into Apple, Amazon.com, McDonald’s and Starbucks, Ms Vestager insists she is not focusing just on American companies. Photograph:  Francois Lenoir/Reuters

A senior US tax official accused the European Union of unfairly targeting American companies in its crackdown on fiscal deals that has embroiled firms(...)

Enda Kenny during a Davos  interview in which he rejected the idea that Ireland was a tax haven for Apple. Photograph: Bloomberg

Apple chief executive Tim Cook had a private meeting with the European Union’s competition chief Margrethe Vestager as EU regulators close in on a fin(...)

eBay: results out on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne
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People gather outside a Starbucks coffee shop close to where the Jakarta attacks happened. Photograph: Getty

The Indonesian capital Jakarta was in security lockdown after a deadly attack claimed by Islamic State in which seven people were killed, including fi(...)

People photograph the scene of a bomb blast at a police post on a traffic island on J1 Thamrin, in Jakarta, Indonesia,  January 14th,  2016. Photograph: Roni Bintang/EPA

Radical jihadist group Islamic State (Isis) has launched its first attack on the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, sending suicide bombers and gunmen into (...)

Shares in British supermarket Morrisons rose 8.7 per cent rise after its sales figures beat forecasts. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

European markets rallied from last week’s wipeout as car-makers and retailers made gains yesterday. However, a further fall in crude oil prices dampe(...)

European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. The European Commission demanded on Monday that Belgium recover some €700 million from 35 large companies in back taxes in its biggest blow to date to profit-shielding arrangements used by many multinationals. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has denied any delay in the European Commission’s ongoing investigation into Ireland’s tax arrang(...)

Generation smartphone: to manage their identities in and obligations to this world in their pockets, they adhere to rules absorbed and adopted by their peers. One girl said she showed Instagram ideas to at least three people before posting. Another said she deleted posts that did not garner enough likes.

Over the past decade, advertisers have spent untold millions trying to turn Talia Kocar and her peers in the millennial generation into loyal customer(...)

Salon owners to be given advice on keeping customers happy

More than 400 salon owners from the US, UK, Finland, Sweden and Ireland are expected to descend on the Mansion House today for the Salon Owners Summi(...)

As Howard Schultz of Starbucks, a superb peddler of drivel, put it: “Innovation is the force that will . . . enable us to expand and increase revenues and profits – always through  the lens of humanity. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last year was a ripping one for flannel. I know I say that every year, but 2015 broke all records for obfuscation, euphemism and ugliness. Sifting thr(...)