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Unilever has been struggling to grow its sales partly, according to Bank of America analysts, due to management that is ‘overly focused’ on profitability and unwilling to step up investment

It’s five years next month since Unilever, home of household brands from Hellmann’s mayonnaise to Dove soap and Domestos disinfectant, fended off an (...)

Many analysts see  a chance that Covid will be endemic by the time the Omicron wave subsides. Photograph: iStock

The world is grappling with record cases of Covid-19 as Omicron spreads like no variant of the virus before it. Yet some senior European figures, such(...)

Brexit is the most probable explanation for the UK’s worse-than-average fall in output, though the immediate impact of Brexit was  disguised by the massive disruption due to the pandemic.  Photograph: Getty Images

In the 1970s when I worked in the Department of Finance on forecasting the Irish economy the first port of call was what was likely to happen in the U(...)

Dress rehearsal:  Lord mayor-elect Vincent Keaveny takes part in a pre-dawn practice of the Lord Mayor’s Parade in a golden coach. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

For Vincent Keaveny, a Dubliner in London, today is anything but an average Saturday. Having just moved into one of the city’s most famous addresses, (...)

The Cop26 UN climate change conference is to be held in Glasgow from October 31st. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty

Intense diplomatic efforts are being made in advance of the Cop26 climate summit to get the world’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to inc(...)

Jennifer Shiels Toland: “I’ve made great relationships with people over here. It’s a melting pot. There’s a great sense of community here.”

Leaving Ireland in the early 1990s was a “no brainer” for Jennifer Shiels Toland who moved initially to the UK to embark on the first of three success(...)

2-8a Rutland Gate, Knightsbridge, London. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty

A Chinese billionaire has been granted planning permission to construct an eight-storey, 42-bedroom, 5,760sq m (62,000sq ft) private palace overlookin(...)

President Joe Biden’s plan to overhaul the international tax system will face a difficult passage through the US congress as Republicans threaten to vote down a prospective deal in a senate where a two-thirds majority is necessary for approval. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

President Joe Biden’s plan to overhaul the international tax system will face a difficult passage through the US congress as Republicans threaten to v(...)

An idle Aer Lingus jet at Shannon Airport. Photograph:  Brendan Gleeson

On Monday Tánaiste Leo Varadkar reminded the launch of Fine Gael’s Dublin Bay South byelection campaign that it was “against the law” to leave the Sta(...)

It turns out that if people can choose which days they work at home and which in the office, a large number will stay home on Mondays and Fridays. Photograph: iStock

Since this column always appears at the start of the week, it was troubling to come across an academic study the other day suggesting workers are at t(...)

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