Government bans on products such as single-use plastic water bottles, shopping bags and polystyrene cups have sent retailers and consumer goods companies searching for solutions. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Major packaged goods sellers and retailers, under pressure to cut the flow of single-use plastic bottles and containers clogging the world’s waterways(...)

Face value: Opté Precision Skincare System by Procter & Gamble

The world’s biggest consumer goods groups are planning a new generation of products for supermarket shelves – from heated razors to intelligent toothb(...)

Iseq heavyweight CRH and many of its peers were lower after the publication of US construction data.

European shares were sluggish on Wednesday as a batch of poor corporate updates added to worries about a global growth slowdown and China-US trade neg(...)

Davos: the World Economic Forum opens on Tuesday. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty

Monday Indicators: German consumer confidence (Feb), PPI (Dec); US imports and exports (Nov), construction spending (Nov), factory orders (Nov). Tue(...)

From Gillette’s We Believe: The Best Men Can Be commercial

Gillette is under fire from men’s rights activists and rightwing publications for a new advertisement that engages with the #MeToo movement and plays (...)

Don’t try this at home... Sandra Bullock in Bird Box

If you’re going to meme at home, Netflix would like you to be careful. You might have heard about the horror movie the streaming service released last(...)

Globoforce employs more than 550 people globally, of which 300 are based in Dublin.

Irish software company Globoforce is predicting further growth after chalking up record revenues again last year as pretax profits jumped by more than(...)

Menstrual cup: the American actor Leona Chalmers patented the first one, in 1937. Photograph: iStock/Getty

What would happen if men had periods and women did not? If men menstruated, the feminist Gloria Steinem suggested in a famous essay published 40 years(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Victor J Blue/Bloomberg

European stocks ended a choppy trading session broadly flat on Friday but managed to eke out a weekly gain despite mixed third-quarter earnings and as(...)

Sales rose 5% in the consumer giant’s beauty business, driven by double-digit sales of its premium skin care brands.

Procter & Gamble reported a surprise rise in first-quarter sales on Friday on strong demand for its beauty products and cleaning supplies, helping(...)

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