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The sun sets behind a tree on a mild autumn evening in the vineyard of Osthoffen, outside Strasbourg, France. Photograph: Christian Hartmann / Reuters.

Image of the week: Wine evening The sun isn’t setting on the wine industry, just this vineyard near the Vosges mountains in France, but production ha(...)

College Green branch in Dublin of Costa Coffee. Photograph: Frank Miller

Have we finally hit peak coffee? After years of gravity-defying growth, sales at Britain’s biggest coffee shop chain, Costa Coffee, have ground to a v(...)

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary at a recent press conference.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Shares of Apple suppliers were boosted by robust results from chipmaker AMS on Tuesday, but European shares were little changed as investors awaited t(...)

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(...)

Olympic medallist Annalise Murphy competes at the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta. File photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

With three weeks remaining before the start of this year’s 72,000km Volvo Ocean Race, future plans for the event originally known as the Whitbread Rou(...)

Carl Leaver, who has also held senior roles at Marks & Spencer and DeVere, will become Eir’s next chairman. Photograph: Mike Ellis

The stock-market bound telco group Eir has selected British gambling company executive, Carl Leaver, as its next chairman. Mr Leaver, currently the d(...)

Costa coffee owner Whitbread was among the top performers.  Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Irish shares dropped slightly on Wednesday, or by 0.08 per cent, broadly in line with trading across Europe. British shares also slipped as losses a(...)

Sales at Costa Coffee stores running for over a year rose 1.1 per cent for the 13 weeks to June 1st, reversing a 0.8 per cent contraction seen in the preceding 13 weeks. Photograph: Alan Betson

Britain’s Whitbread, which runs the Costa Coffee chain and Premier Inn hotels, reported a 7.6 per cent rise in first-quarter sales on improved trading(...)

Bookmaker William Hill has hailed a 16% surge in online betting revenues since the start of the year thanks to a concerted push including the launch of a new app and website overhaul.  Photograph: Steven Paston/PA Wire

William Hill has been hit by a slowdown in wagers at its UK betting shops, as punters increasingly choose to place their bets online and as other comp(...)

Jes Staley, CEO  Barclays bank. Photograph: Reuters

Barclays’ chief executive Jess Staley faces the City this week for the first time since the scandal erupted over his ill-advised attempts to unmask a (...)

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