A customer tries out a HTC smartphone at one of the company’s stores in Taipei, Taiwan. Photograph: Maurice Tsai/Bloomberg.

HTC may not sustain sales growth into the third-quarter as the glow around the Taiwanese smartphone maker’s flagship model is likely to be eclipsed b(...)

 CRH climbed 4.38 per cent to €15.86 in Dublin on  reasonable volumes

The closure of the New York exchange to mark the July 4th celebrations meant a very slow start to the day in European exchanges, although business pic(...)

Mobile operator Vodafone has confirmed it made an offer to buy Germany’s biggest cable company Kabel Deutschland. Photo: Bloomberg

Mobile operator Vodafone today said it had made an offer to buy Germany’s biggest cable company Kabel Deutschland, confirming a media report overnight(...)

This week’s Asia Briefing comes from Chengdu, in the western Chinese province of Sichuan, which is hosting the three-day Fortune Global Forum of busin(...)

US brokerage Cantor Fitzgerald has been approved as a primary dealer in Irish Government bonds, the National Treasury Management Agency said today. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters.

US brokerage Cantor Fitzgerald has been approved as a primary dealer in Irish Government bonds, the National Treasury Management Agency said today. “T(...)

The Frankfurt stock exchange , where Springer Science shares will start trading before the summer break. Photograph: Janine Eggert/Reuters

German academic publisher Springer Science and Business Media says it plans to raise about €760 million in its initial public offering. Shares of Spr(...)

Former attorney general Peter Sutherland said the 1987 Crotty judgmenthas forced successive Irish governments to take “extreme minimalist” positions in negotiations on EU treaty changes. Photograph:  Frank Miller

Former attorney general Peter Sutherland has criticised Irish judges in relation to a range of decisions made on EU treaty changes and the manner in w(...)

China’s Shuanghui International has purchased Smithfield Foods Inc for $4.7 billion to feed a growing Chinese appetite for US pork. Photograph: Reuters

Shuanghui International Holdings is buying Smithfield Foods Inc, the world’s biggest hog producer, for $4.7 billion (€3.6 billion) to feed a growing C(...)

There is considerably less exuberance about these days around the Asian economies, and a lot of this has to do with the regional giant and the world’s(...)

The latest vending machines on the streets of Tokyo use facial-recognition technology to tailor soft drinks based on age and gender

Hollywood directors sometimes connote the future by putting a talking machine in their movies. Tokyo has gone one better. The latest vending ma(...)

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