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President Barack Obama greets a crowd before speaking at an Amazon distribution centre in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where in  a speech yesterday   he revived  his proposal to cut corporate tax rates in return for a commitment from Republicans to invest more in programmes spurring middle-class jobs. Photograph:  New York Times

President Barack Obama criticised a flawed US tax code saying that it allowed corporations with “fancy accountants” to hide their money overseas, payi(...)

Publicis chief executive  Maurice Levy and Omnicom chief executive John Wren  shake hands yesterday after signing the companies’ merger,  on the rooftop of the Publicis headquarters in Paris. Photographer: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

The merger between Publicis and Omnicom, which will create the world’s largest advertising and marketing services group by revenues, is a bold bet tha(...)

Amazon has reported a loss for the second quarter of the year as operating expenses rose 23 per cent to $15.6 billion. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Online retailer Amazon has announced a surprise reversal in profits after another period of booming sales failed to offset a surge in costs.The intern(...)

BSkyB fought back against intensifying competition today by launching a  TV box allowing viewers to watch on-demand services. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

British Sky Broadcasting Group, the UK’s largest pay-TV broadcaster, unveiled a box to link televisions to the internet and said it will buy back £500(...)

Netflix: results out today

TODAYResults : McDonald’s; Netflix.Meetings: Icon AGM (South County Business Park, Dublin 18).Indicators: US Existing Home Sales (Jun).TOMORROWResults(...)

The OECD’s plan aims to develop rules over the next two years preventing companies from escaping taxes by putting patent rights into shell companies, taking interest deductions in one country without reporting taxable profit in another, and forcing them to disclose where they report to regulators their income around the world.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has proposed a blueprint for cracking down on tax-dodging strategies used by companies such (...)

Our parliament knows that, when faced with British plots, the best thing is to keep schtum and carry on

Shortly before it reached its climax, the Dáil debate on abortion was described in these pages by Alan Hynes, a parliamentary assistant to Colm Keaven(...)

France has failed to secure backing for tough international tax rules specifically targeting digital companies, such as Google and Amazon, after oppos(...)

“’Orange Club Biscuits’. This was a more grabby subject line in response to last week’s column than the typically inscrutable ‘today’s article’, which gives no clue as to whether the email contains a bouquet, a hand grenade or something neutral.”

What is the most off-putting thing you can write in the subject line of an email? It’s not “Please help me” or “You’ve won”. It’s not even “erectile d(...)


The Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest ecosystem, an area so vast and varied that it belies comprehensive understanding. Critical aspects of the(...)

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