Blockchain has struggled to get from ‘lab to live’. Photograph: iStock

Blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) provides a number of digital capabilities that are already transforming the way private and public s(...)

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/File Photo/Reuters

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV kicked off the year’s biggest initial public offering, a sale of shares in its Asia Pacific unit that could raise as much as $(...)

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow: he  said Washington may move ahead with more tariffs on Chinese goods. Photograph: Getty Images

Global shares handed back gains on Thursday after comments from the White House undid optimism over a potential China-US trade deal. White House econo(...)

Thierry Garnier will join Kingfisher in the autumn

Home improvement retailer Kingfisher has turned to Carrefour’s Thierry Garnier to be its new chief executive and revive its fortunes, succeeding Veron(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. Investors are uneasy over rising tensions in the Middle East. Photograph: EPA

Irish shares outperformed European peers yesterday as markets were hit by trade jitters and rising tensions over Middle East sanctions. In the US, in(...)

Aldi has become the latest overseas supermarket operator to open stores in China but the German company faces a battle to win over customers in a fragmented market in which foreign operators have traditionally struggled

Aldi has become the latest overseas supermarket operator to open stores in China but the German company faces a battle to win over customers in a frag(...)

Plastic straws are among items to be banned in the EU by 2021: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Single-use plastic items such as straws, forks, knives, and cotton buds will be banned in the European Union by 2021 following a vote by members of th(...)

Government bans on products such as single-use plastic water bottles, shopping bags and polystyrene cups have sent retailers and consumer goods companies searching for solutions. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Major packaged goods sellers and retailers, under pressure to cut the flow of single-use plastic bottles and containers clogging the world’s waterways(...)

The New York Stock Exchange, on Monday, where global markets were sharply higher on the day following reports the US and China have made progress in their trade dispute. Photograph: Justin Laneepa

A temporary ceasefire in the US-China trade war boosted global stocks to their highest in about three weeks on Monday, while sending the dollar lower (...)

The three towers at the old port of La Rochelle.

We hadn’t all been on holiday together since the 1980s, when our Volkswagen Jetta was a regular fixture on the Irish Ferries boat to France as soon as(...)

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