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The US stock market has looked much pricier than other developed markets over the last decade but it has justified seemingly hefty valuation multiples precisely because US companies have been so profitable.   Photograph: Westend61/Getty images

US earnings season is about to get under way and corporate profit margins are bound to come under the spotlight. Margins have remained near record lev(...)

A global manufacturing index produced by JPMorgan and IHS Markit fell in June to its lowest level in seven years. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

The global manufacturing slump deepened in June, with data from around the world illustrating the extent to which the US-China trade conflict is weigh(...)

The S&P 500 reached a record high on Monday. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Global stock markets were buoyed on Monday as a thaw in the US-China trade dispute lifted market sentiment and spurred a rally in equities. European (...)

Ivanka Trump prepares to deliver a speech on women’s empowerment during the G20 Summit in Osaka on Saturday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The abiding image from this year’s G20 summit will not be Donald Trump sharing another chuckle with Vladimir Putin. It is the clip of his daughter, Iv(...)

A police officer fires a baton round outside the legislative council building in Hong Kong. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Riot police deployed tear gas to disperse protesters who stormed Hong Kong’s legislature on Monday in a day of unprecedented chaos and violence on the(...)

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 (...)

US president Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque

Donald Trump has become the first sitting US president to visit North Korea after crossing from the demilitarised zone that divides the Korean Peninsu(...)

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman  and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe: Japan, which is reeling from the impact of Fukushima on its energy policy, is the world’s third-largest financial supporter of coal. Photograph: Eugene Hoshiko

No G20 summit would be complete without the final communique, a diplomatic art form designed to paper over the cracks exposed during the previous two (...)

Then minister for foreign affairs Charlie Flanagan   greets the  Chinese ambassador to Ireland, Yue Xiaoyong, at a meeting in Dublin in 2016. Mr Flanagan, now Minister for Justice, announced in June that Ireland would soon introduce a five-year multi-entry visa option for Chinese visitors. Photograph: Alan Rowlette

Ireland and China celebrated their 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations last week, and trade figures suggest the bilateral relationship is one tha(...)

The Irish greyhound industry must refocus its priorities away from breeding and on to animal welfare if it is to continue receiving Government funding, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has warned. Image: iStock.

The Irish greyhound industry must refocus its priorities away from breeding and on to animal welfare if it is to continue receiving Government funding(...)

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