The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards take place. Partner Kevin McLoughlin, centre, says the  finalists, spread across 10 sectors, are reflective of the strength and diversity in Irish business.  Photograph: Shane O’Neill Photography

Monday Results: Hasbro. Indicators: Euro zone consumer confidence flash (Oct); UK business optimism index (Q4), industrial trends orders (Oct); US(...)

Germany’s Dax traded lower on Monday after German chancellor Angela Merkel secured a fourth term but saw her party weakened by a surge in support for the far-right. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

European shares rose on Monday after the euro weakened following the increase in support for the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party in (...)

Wait-and-see element ahead of Thursday’s meeting of the ECB, headed by Mario Draghi. Photograph: Getty

European stocks inched lower on Tuesday as investors hovered in the cautious zone between outright confidence and a sell-off. The main drag came from(...)

Pumas: excellent at filing and photocopying. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images/Sao Paulo state fire department

In numbers: Most-liked tweets Four million Number of likes (and counting) garnered by a @BarackObama anti-racism tweet in the wake of far-right viol(...)

Apple chief executive Tim Cook: “We must not witness or permit such hate and bigotry in our country, and we must be unequivocal about it.”

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has belatedly joined other US business leaders in criticising president Donald Trump over his reaction to the recent vi(...)

US president Donald Trump: Many business leaders remain on his advisory panels and councils. These include Dell’s Michael Dell, Apple’s Tim Cook, IBM’s Ginny Rometty, Corning’s Wendell Weeks and GE’s Jeff Immelt. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

Since its arrival a decade ago, I’d wager Twitter has proven overall to be more of a thorn than a rose for most companies.  As a public-facing p(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks to the press about protests in Charlottesville after his statement on the infrastructure discussion in the lobby at Trump Tower in New York. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP

The IDA has played down US President Donald Trump’s reference to Ireland in an attack on the chief executives of US multinationals, whom he blames for(...)

 US President Donald  Trump (C) arrives beside Senior Advisor to President Trump, Jared Kushner (L) and CEO of Merck Kenneth Frazier (R), for a meeting with CEOs of manufacturing companies in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, in February . Photogrpah: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The chief executives of Intel, Merck and Under Armour have resigned from US president Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council, following Mr Trum(...)

Merck chief executive Ken Frazier on Monday resigned from a White House advisory body in protest over Donald Trump’s failure to denounce white nationalists for provoking clashes over the weekend in which one protester died.

Merck’s chief executive Ken Frazier on Monday resigned from a White House advisory body in protest over Donald Trump’s failure to denounce white natio(...)

Workers at  AstraZeneca’s  Macclesfield site in England.  Shares in the British drug giant suffered their largest ever fall as it announced a big setback, with a much-awaited trial of a new lung cancer drug failing to show the benefits for which the company had hoped. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Shares in AstraZeneca were on track to suffer their worst ever fall after the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company suffered a big setback with a much-(...)