Applegreen’s capitalisation was just north of €550 million before the mega deal with Welcome Break took the markets by surprise on Thursday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Applegreen’s proposed €361.8 million acquisition of a majority stake in UK forecourt operator Welcome Break is a big deal for the Irish-listed company(...)

Welcome Break operates the Days and Ramada brands for its hotels. Photograph: iStock

Welcome Break operates restaurants, service stations and hotels with a particular focus on motorways. Its hotel assets are branded Days Inns and Ramad(...)

Diners take pictures of the robot waiter at Robot Magic Restaurant in Shanghai, June 27, 2018. Photograph: Yuyang Liu/The New York Times

The mind-reading headsets won’t read minds. The fire-detecting machine has been declared a safety hazard. The robot waiter can’t be trusted with the s(...)

Papa John’s founder  John Schnatter  in Indianapolis, Indiana, in May 2015. File photograph: Michael Hickey/Getty Images

In the small Indiana town of Jeffersonville, Nachand Fieldhouse was a landmark. Originally built as a high school gym, it evolved over 80 years into t(...)

Northside Shopping Centre, Coolock, Dublin 17

With new owners now running more than half a dozen Dublin shopping centres, another sales campaign gets under way today to find a buyer for Northside (...)

Complex business: A closed sign hangs on the window of a drive-thru KFC restaurant in Coalville, Britain, on Monday. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

In numbers: Irresponsible bookmaking €7 million Sum in euro that bookmaker William Hill has been fined in the UK for breaching anti-money-laundering(...)

A closed sign outside a KFC restaurant near Ashford, Kent. The acute shortage closed two-thirds of KFC’s 900 restaurants. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Fried chicken lovers throughout Britain cried fowl, licking their fingers in desperation as an acute chicken shortage closed two-thirds of KFC’s 900 r(...)

A Twitter hoax became the gorilla in the room at the height of excitment over Michael Wolff’s book on life in Donald Trump’s White House. Image: iStock.

With tales of White House tantrums, fast food addictions, early bed times and questionable sources swirling after the publication of Michael Wolff’s b(...)

KFC is set for a major expansion in Northern Ireland following a refinancing there by franchise holder, The Herbert Group.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Herbert Group, which operates the largest KFC franchise in central Europe, has agreed the terms of a £27 million (€30.7 million) refinancing deal (...)

Every king needs a castle to call home, but finding the right one is easier said than done – especially, it seems, in the case of millionaire kitchen (...)

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