Prof Niamh Brennan of the UCD Centre for Corporate Governance: ‘Corporations are becoming more and more powerful. Their behaviour affects so many people’s lives, it is vital that they don’t abuse their power’

Corporate governance has emerged from being one of those concepts of which people are vaguely aware to becoming headline news in the course of the pas(...)

Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley has expanded his empire with a flurry of deals, from House of Fraser and a disastrous investment in Debenhams to Evans Cycles, Sofa.com and Game Digital. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

It’s hard to shake off the feeling that Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct empire is finally careering out of control, derailed by a bewildering stream of il(...)

 Bernard Arnault: Even the man who owns Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Dom Pérignon, and other luxury brands must have gone to school post-natally like the rest of us. Photograph:  Christophe Archambault / AFP /Getty Images

I read an extraordinary thing in the Financial Times the other day, from an interview with the French business tycoon Bernard Arnault, Europe’s riches(...)

A man walks past a branch of Patisserie Valerie in London, Britain, in October 2018. File photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Five more people have been arrested in the investigation into the collapse of British cafe chain Patisserie Valerie after accounting irregularities we(...)

  Grafton Street sales. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Stores are closing on a weekly basis on Irish and UK shopping streets in a crisis reminiscent of the US retail apocalypse, and there’s no sign of a bo(...)

Workers pick orders at the PC World and Carphone Warehouse distribution centre in Newark, Britain. Parent company Dixons Carphone has outlined plans to keep its shelves stocked in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Reuters/Darren Staples

Barely a day goes by now without at least one large UK retailer or manufacturer assuring customers – and the City – that it will have sufficient suppl(...)

Future of the cake chain remains in doubt amid an accounting scandal.

Patisserie Valerie is still locked in talks with its lenders as the future of the cake chain remains in doubt amid an accounting scandal. The firm s(...)

Grant Thornton’s offices in Dublin Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Grant Thornton’s Irish firm recorded almost 25 per cent growth last year as revenue increased to €126 million. The accounting and consulting group re(...)

Patisserie Valerie logo on cakes: under Chris Marsh’s watch, chain grew from eight stores in 2006 to more than 200. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Patisserie Holdings, the British cafe chain owner hit by an accounting scandal, said on Friday that its suspended finance director, Chris Marsh, had r(...)

Traders work on the floor of the NYSE  Friday. Photograph: Epa/Justin Lane

European stocks failed to stage a recovery on Friday, posting their worst week since a market correction last February as a new sell-off hit bourses a(...)