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(...)

The markets hit session lows  after US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin (above)  pulled out of a major investment conference in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

European shares swung back into the red yesterday as fears of rising rates and disappointing earnings from US industrials dragged Wall Street down, wh(...)

 A Carrefour logo is seen on a Carrefour Hypermarket store near Paris. The supermarket group dneies making a merger approach to smaller rival Casino. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

French retailer Casino has become embroiled in a war of words with Carrefour after it claimed it had rejected an approach from its larger rival over a(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Bloomberg

European shares dipped as HSBC disappointed investors and German gas group Linde’s proposed $87 billion tie-in with Praxair hit regulatory hurdles. (...)

The Carrefour and Tesco companies first announced the tie-up in July

Tesco has said its strategic partnership with France’s Carrefour will become operational in October. The UK supermarket has now formally entered into(...)

Ryanair gained almost 2 per cent to close at €14.41 by the end of the session, despite facing further industrial action from its staff.

An easing of the fears over US tariffs and some solid company results helped lift European stocks to fresh highs. But US markets were dragged down e(...)

Tesco and Carrefour have embarked on a partnership to jointly buy own-brand products over a three-year period.

The French competition watchdog has launched an investigation into the strategic tie-up between Tesco and Carrefour. The Autorite de la Concurrence s(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.  Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

European shares dropped on Monday amid concerns about US trade policies and the stability of German chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government. (...)

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