Consumer goods group Colgate-Palmolive said first-quarter sales came in below its expectations. Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

Consumer goods group Colgate-Palmolive said first-quarter sales came in below its expectations due to stagnant demand in Latin America – its biggest m(...)

CRH has a trading update  and an agm this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Monday Results: Südzucker, Alphabet, Hasbro, Whirlpool, Xerox. Indicators: Euro zone composite, manufacturing and services PMI flash (Apr); German (...)

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards take place. Partner Kevin McLoughlin, centre, says the  finalists, spread across 10 sectors, are reflective of the strength and diversity in Irish business.  Photograph: Shane O’Neill Photography

Monday Results: Hasbro. Indicators: Euro zone consumer confidence flash (Oct); UK business optimism index (Q4), industrial trends orders (Oct); US(...)

Television news reporters broadcast reports on Spanish stock prices from the Madrid Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Photograph: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg

Global shares fluctuated slightly on Wednesday ahead of the release of minutes for the US Federal Reserve’s policy meeting. Traders in Europe were so(...)

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I am one of those people who finds airports stressful. Getting through security can be rather harrowing on a good day. I like to ensure I have everyth(...)

Sony’s Betamax VCR launched in 1974. In 1976, rivals JVC came out with their own VHS format VCR, which doubled the recording time available. Within a decade the Betamax had become virtually obsolete. Photographs: Getty Images

The Museum of Failure has opened its doors in Sweden, showcasing a collection of product innovations that have proved to be anything but successful. T(...)

The Colgate lasagne TV dinner: a brush with commercial disaster

Ah, nostalgia. Remember back when we were all listening to our Zunes, drinking a Crystal Pepsi, munching a McDonald’s Arch Deluxe, smoking our RJ Reyn(...)

EU economics and taxation commissioner Pierre Moscovici will speak at The Irish Times Corporation Tax Summit

Monday Results: Halliburton; McDonald’s; Yahoo!. Meetings: Financial Services Ireland roundtable on Brexit (Ibec, Dublin 2). Indicators: Irish reta(...)

U2 star Bono will be pleased after the band made $55m in 2016. File photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Irish band U2 made $55 million (€52.4m) in 2016, according to Forbes. Boy band One Direction topped the list of the highest paid European celebritie(...)

Stephen Wunker: “Even in markets like office supplies or medical devices, emotions make a significant difference.”

As many failed businesses can attest, simply asking customers what they want doesn’t work. As Henry Ford famously observed, if he had asked his custom(...)

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