As many as 85 per cent of Irish micro-businesses said they traded profitably last year with 45 per cent reporting an increase in turnover

Most small businesses have little interest in significantly scaling despite there being a push to so by the Government. In fact, a new study shows t(...)

HMV’s flagship store on Oxford Street in London, which is among those to have closed after the chain was bought by Putman. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

The rescue of 100 HMV stores by a youthful Canadian entrepreneur, safeguarding almost 1,500 jobs, is a rare piece of good news for Britain’s beleaguer(...)

Huawei is pitching its new laptop at the high end, and is targeting consumers over  businesses. Photograph: Reuters

Huawei, the Chinese telecoms group, is expanding in the beleaguered PC market, undeterred by slumping sales and the demise of smaller players. The co(...)

Chinese cash: The country has been loosening its grip on management of the yuan for a while. Photograph: REUTERS/Lee Jae-won

It wasn’t all bad news for China last week and many here were cheered by the news that the yuan, also known as the renminbi (RMB), would be included i(...)

 Trade representatives  during the closing press conference after an agreement was reachef by 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries. Photograph: EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

Some of the biggest trading entities in the region have been circling each other for the past few weeks after a US-led trade deal was struck between 1(...)

Foreign currency exchange booth in Hong Kong:  the surprise devaluation of the Chinese yuan this week unsettled global financial markets. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

The last few weeks, with heavy Chinese government intervention in the stock market and now in the currency markets, have offered a lesson in how th(...)

An investor takes notes in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage office in Beijing

Chinese stocks fell on Tuesday, taking little comfort from a slew of support measures unleashed by Beijing in recent days, and unnerved by Chinese pre(...)