Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average surged 7.7 per cent, gaining more than 1,300 points, as sentiment was bolstered by  rallies on Wall Street and optimism on China economy. Photograph: . Franck Robichon/EPA

Global markets continued to respond to positive developments in China. In the US, stocks struggled to add to their second best rally of the year, even(...)

After 14 consecutive quarterly declines in clothing, footwear and homeware sales, time could be running out for the man tasked with finding a solution - Dutchman Marc Bolland. (Photograph: EPA/ANDY RAIN)

For generations, British children went to school in Marks & Spencer’s (MKS.L) clothes, teenagers turned to it for first interview suits and shopp(...)

The bill for mis-sold insurance at Lloyds spiralled to nearly £10 billion today after the taxpayer-backed bank admitted it is set for another 550,000 (...)

A shopping mall in Brasilia. Brazil devalued its currency last year. Photographer: Gregg Newton/Bloomberg

Unilever said yesterday it would stick to its emerging markets growth strategy as a fourth-quarter recovery in sales boosted the consumer goods maker’(...)

A tweet from Twitter Inc. announcing its initial public offering. Photograph:  Hyungwon Kang/Reuters.

Twitter has set the ball rolling for one of the most eagerly anticipated stock market flotations since Facebook took the plunge last year. The social (...)