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While Alibaba has outperformed analysts’s expectations, investors remain concerned about a deceleration in China’s economy.

Alibaba forecast sales growth that topped every analyst’s estimate, defying expectations that growth must slow by dint of a decelerating economy and i(...)

Beijing bathroom users are finding themselves on the hot seat over hoarding loo roll. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

Image of the week: Crime wipeout Public toilets are now officially the hideous new frontier of technological innovation. This automatic toilet paper (...)

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: “It’s the right time to come to China.” Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty

German soccer champions Bayern Munich have become the first foreign club to open an office in mainland China as they seek new sponsorship and merchand(...)

For now Apple’s and Android’s strategy is  simply to be a part of the payments ecosystem. However, this is likely to be just a staging post on the way to providing more services via mobile devices

Cash may be king, but when it comes to payments all manner of usurpers are gearing up to steal its crown. “The world has changed,” says Richard Morri(...)

 The Wall Street bull: What if this current bull market isn’t as old as it looks.  Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Initial public offerings (IPOs) tend to attract green folk looking to make a bundle by buying into the “next big thing”, but it can be a stressful bus(...)

 AIB at Serpentine Avenue:  first bailed-out bank to unveil a dividend since 2008. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the test AIB probably wished it had failed. Two and a half years ago, the bank comfortably passed a European banking stress test of lenders’ (...)

Snapchat has never recorded a profit. Photograph: AFP

Snap, the owner of popular messaging app Snapchat, raised $3.4 billion (€3.2 billion) in its initial public offering on Wednesday, more than it had so(...)

Marissa Mayer is among six directors who plan to leave Yahoo board. Photograph: EPA

Yahoo has revealed its plans if the sale of its main internet properties to Verizon Communications goes ahead, with chief executive Marissa Mayer to s(...)

Musgrave will initially supply up to 40 own-brand ambient products including SuperValu breakfast cereals, coffee, jam, biscuits and healthy snacks. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Wholesale retailer Musgrave has announced it is to begin exporting SuperValu own-brand products to China following a deal with Chinese e-commerce comp(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: she wants to safeguard multilateral co-operation among the G20 economies. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

A group of business executives has urged the group of 20 leading economies to resist the temptation to take protectionist measures and to foster inter(...)

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