Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global sales for the first half of 2015, threatening to end the Japanese group’s three-year reign as the world’s top-selling carmaker.

Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global sales for the first half of 2015, threatening to end the Japanese group’s three-year reign as the world’s top-sel(...)

Halliburton’s revenue from North America slumped 38.5 per cent in the second quarter ended June 30th. Photograph:  James Nielsen/Getty Images

Halliburton, the world’s No 2 oilfield services provider, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as costs cuts helped offset the impact of (...)

Photos of  prisoners  are seen in the foreground as representatives of Mitsubishi Materials  apologise to POWs. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Mariko Lochridge in Los Angeles Construction company Mitsubishi Materials has become the first major Japanese company to apologise for using captured(...)

An investor smiles as she walks past an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Fuyang,  China, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

China’s recent equity market crash and subsequent rocky recovery has investors worried about too much volatility, although most analysts believe the m(...)

Irish EU Commissioner Phil Hogan said the Greek prime minister had taken “a gamble” on the referendum in the hopes that it would enhance his negotiating position. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Irish EU Commissioner Phil Hogan has expressed hope that Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras will be able to persuade the Greek Parliament to accept t(...)

As China stocks tumbled by 30 per cent in less than a month, around 1,500 listed companies, more than half the market, suspended their own stocks in a bid to sit out the rout. Photograph: Reuters.

Hundreds of mainland China stocks were suspended during a market plunge from mid-June in a development that could lead to disputes between banks and c(...)

Breifne Earley who has won the world cycle race and is due to return to his native Co Leitrim on Saturday.

Leitrim man Breifne Earley (32) will complete his 29,000 kilometre round the world bicycle trip to raise suicide awareness on Saturday. Earley has cy(...)

Passengers crowd the international terminal at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar waiting for information of flight delays due to volcanic ash near Indonesia’s resort island. Photograph: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images

A volcanic eruption on Indonesia’s main island of Java has sparked chaos for holidaymakers as international airlines cancel flights to the resort isla(...)

Statist command and capitalist market economy imperatives are in conflict as the Chinese state tries to prevent the rout on Shanghai and Schenzhen sto(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping: the bank is a key part of his  efforts to boost China’s influence, called “peripheral diplomacy”, and redress  China’s poor levels of representation on international bodies such as the World Bank and ADB.  Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Last week saw the official signing ceremony in Beijing of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-led international financial institution th(...)