Tesco chief executive: Dave Lewis stunned investors by issuing the retailer’s fifth warning on profits this year. Photograph: Tesco/PA Wire

The Nightmare before Christmas or 100 Days from Hell – however you describe it, rarely can a chief executive have endured a more catastrophic start(...)

 Tesco   chief executive hopes every little helps as he takes the reins and shakes up management. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

When Dave Lewis was rushed in to take the reins at troubled supermarket group Tesco, he was candid about his qualifications, declaring: “I have never (...)

Tesco CEO Dave Lewis will take over running the grocer’s UK business on an interim basis from Robin Terrell, who had been in charge of the business since the company in September divulged the accounting irregularities. (Photograph: Aidan Crawley)

Tesco chief executive officer Dave Lewis will assume direct responsibility of the UK unit, the company’s biggest business, as the British retailer see(...)

Henkel is seeking to increase revenue to €20 billion in 2016 from €16.5 billion last year, with half of sales coming from emerging markets

Henkel, the maker of Persil detergent and Loctite glue, increased its 2014 profitability forecast, helped by better-than-expected growth in Russia. Th(...)

Maurice Levy, chief executive officer of Publicis, has blamed the group’s poor performance on the hangover from Publicis’ failed “merger of equals” with world number two agency Omnicom. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes

Publicis, the world’s third-largest advertising agency, has agreed to buy digital ad specialist Sapient for $3.7 billion in cash as it seeks to accele(...)

Euro group president and Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem: The Netherlands will pay €642 million bill “if the facts are correct”. Photograph: Koen van Weel/EPA

It was quite surreal to hear that the Netherlands faces an EU surcharge of €642 million for better-than-expected economic growth – in the same week as(...)

Traders are pictured at their desks in front of the DAX board at the Frankfurt stock exchange yesterday.The  DAX Index climbed 0.3 per cent. Photograph: Reuters

National benchmark indices advanced in nine of the 18 western-European markets yesterday. Germany’s DAX Index climbed 0.3 per cent and France’s CAC 4(...)

Analysts on average were expecting the maker of Dove soap and Lipton tea to report third-quarter sales growth of 3.7 per cent

Unilever reported a weaker-than-expected 2.1 per cent rise in third-quarter sales on Thursday as a slowdown in emerging markets continued to crimp per(...)

Niall FitzGerald was chief executive and chairman of Unilever from 1996 to 2004

Former Unilever chief executive Niall FitzGerald has become the new chairman of the UCD Michael Smurfit graduate business school advisory board. (...)

YouTube entrepreneur Michelle Phan, whose beauty amd make-up videos have been viewed more than 1 billion times. 1:08

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, YouTube entrepreneur Michelle Phan, XCOR Space Expeditions chief executive Michiel Mol, School for Startups founder Do(...)