Accenture has chalked out $1.8 billion for acquisitions in digital, cloud and security-related services in the fiscal year. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Global services company Accenture reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue, as the consulting and outsourcing services provider benefited from (...)

Germany’s DAX Index: rose 1.6 per cent on Wednesday while Italy’s benchmark FTSE MIB Index closed up 1.9 per cent, the most among major western-European markets. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

European stocks climbed for the sixth time in seven days, led by a gain in commodity producers and a sharp rise in Société Générale shares after it(...)

Investors have been buying Ryanair since Monday, when it announced a third-quarter loss that was in line with predictions, and signalled that a strategic shift commenced in September is beginning to find favour with travellers.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Some optimism returned to European markets as stocks advanced for the first time in four days.Despite a period of misery, stretching back to January 2(...)