The Remy Martin cognac division, which accounts for 80 per cent of group profit, saw its operating profit fall 5.8 per cent like-for-like to €85.9 million

French spirits group Remy Cointreau posted a 7.3 per cent fall in first-half like-for-like operating profit on Thursday, blaming soft demand for its p(...)

Presidents    Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan (left) and  Xi Jinping of China  in Singapore. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

It was the lengthy handshake between the two leaders that grabbed the headlines, but the talks between China’s President Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s Presi(...)

 Andrea Bocelli in full voice at the launch of the Alfa Romeo Giulia in June. The car’s on-sale date has reportedly been pushed back  between three and six months

Alfa Romeo is reportedly pushing back the on-sale date for its crucial new Giulia saloon by between three and six months. The date-shift is being bla(...)

continued demand for Jameson Whiskey in the US helped it record a 3 per cent rise in underlying sales in its first quarter

Irish Distillers owner Pernod Ricard said continued demand for Jameson Whiskey in the US helped it record a 3 per cent rise in underlying sales in its(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping’s speech is detailed in its praise for traditional modes of art and critical of contemporary art, which he feels lacks morality and depth. Photograph: Bloomberg

At first glance, it looks like an editorial oversight. Chinese official state media publishes, in full, the text of a speech given by president Xi Jin(...)

Customers browse goods in a supermarket in Fuyang, east China. Wealth per adult in China has quadrupled to about €19,650 since 2000. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The country which is home to the world’s most enduring peasant-led communist revolution is now home to the biggest middle-class population, according (...)

Denmark is now generating close to 40% of annual electricity needs from wind and on some days production reaches as high as 120% of needs. Photograph: PA

Comparisons have often been drawn between Ireland and Denmark because of our similar size and strong agricultural heritage, amongst other things. One (...)

Beijing traffic: China has halved sales tax on small cars in a bid to revive flagging economic growth. Photograph: EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

Sitting in the cinema before the latest instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise last week, we were forced to sit through a lengthy series of ad(...)

     Rupert Murdoch and Chinese president Xi Jinping: Xi offered  assurances to the News Corp chairman that China would remain open to overseas journalists, despite the government withholding residence visas for foreign reporters. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Chinese president Xi Jinping’s first official visit as head of state to the US will highlight the stark differences that remain between the world’s la(...)

Alibaba’s shares slumped 4.7 per cent to end at $60.91 on Tuesday after earlier rising as much as 4.5 per cent

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has said it expects its total value of transactions in the second-quarter to be lower than previously thought, a fres(...)