Donald Trump told US companies “to immediately start looking for an alternative to China” in response to Beijing’s threat to impose retaliatory tariffs on US goods. Photograph: Getty

Markets fell as China and US threatened tit-for-tat tariffs on each others’ imports as latest round of the trade war between the pair escalated. DUBL(...)

Dublin Airport: Sean Mackessy, airfield electrical supervisor. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR BAG IS AROUSING SUSPICION? WHICH PIECES OF CLOTHING SET OFF ALARMS? AND WHICH GOODS CAUSE THE MOST PROBLEMS AT SECURITY? WE(...)

George Orwell: ‘Marx discovered to be very lousy, ears full of nits, no doubt owing to the hot weather.’ Photograph: Photo 12/ Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Dipping into George Orwell’s Diaries for August 1939 this week, I was briefly confused by his apparent references to Karl Marx.   It wouldn’t be (...)

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

European shares staged a comeback from early losses on Tuesday as growth sectors led the charge, after a US move to delay tariffs on some Chinese good(...)

Apple slid 4.1 per cent as analysts warned that the newly proposed tariffs may hurt demand for its flagship iPhone

Stock markets around the world fell hard and the Chinese yuan weakened to an 11-year low on Monday as fears of an escalation in the US-China trade war(...)

Limerick plan: Mark Tiernan, development director of Tiernan Properties, pictured at the existing Arthur’s Quay centre. Photograph: Brian Arthur

Limerick’s Tiernan Properties has secured Marks & Spencer as the anchor tenant for a major €60 million development on the city’s Arthur’s Quay. T(...)

Schools won’t start back for more than a month but the lead-in time is long

It can’t be back to school time already, can it? No, not really. Schools won’t start back for more than a month, but as with most everything nowadays (...)

Clodagh Kelly and Katie Harrington, aka 'Climate Queens', only buy second-hand clothing, or swap items with friends. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Around 100 billion items of clothing are delivered out of garment factories around the world every year. Collectively, the world’s population buys 400(...)

Sonia Deasy of Pestle & Mortar: ‘It’s going to take more than good formulation and great marketing for brands to be relevant in 10 years’ time.’

With the aim of creating “skincare products with a purpose”, Sonia Deasy launched Pestle & Mortar to the market in 2014. Her early successes have (...)

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange   in New York, US. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Weak German economic data and a profit warning from Daimler hit European stock markets on Monday as investors reined in any bets on a fourth week of g(...)

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