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Retail sales bounce back in April
Consumers resumed spending last month after unseasonably cold weather kept shoppers at home in March.
GDPR quiz: How will data privacy law affect you?
Test your knowledge of how the EU's data protection law could affect you.
'Beast from the East' bites B&Q
Freezing conditions earlier this year results in a 9% fall in sales at Kingfisher's DIY chain.
Deutsche Bank to cut more than 7,000 jobs
The move comes as Germany's biggest lender attempts to return to profitability.
Comcast in 'advanced stages' of 21st Century Fox bid
The US cable TV giant considers a takeover offer, setting up a potential bidding war with Disney.
Trump administration launches vehicle import probe
The investigation will see if vehicle imports threaten national security, which could lead to tariffs.
China fines retailer Muji for listing Taiwan as a country
China is increasingly going after companies that don't abide by its territorial claims.
Water resistant sunscreen claims ?meaningless?, says Which?
The creams work much less well after they have been worn in the sea, warns consumer group Which?.
Brexit: Technology-based customs system 'could cost £20bn'
The technology-based system could cost more than the UK contributes as an EU member, MPs are told.
Uber ends Arizona driverless car programme
Uber pulls out of the state two months after a fatal accident involving one of its autonomous cars.
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EU fines Qualcomm almost ?1bn for paying Apple to use its microchips
The European Union has slapped a €1 billion fine on US chipmaker Qualcomm for abusing its market dominance in the lucrative smartphone and tablet components sector.
Businesses claim insurance sector 'a threat' to their survival with rising pr...
There is a warning that businesses will be forced to close and jobs will be lost unless action is taken to bring down rising insurance premiums.
Tracker overcharging not deliberate, insists AIB boss
The AIB Group chief executive has insisted the bank’s part in the industry-wide €1bn tracker mortgage scandal was accidental and was not a consequence of any deliberate policy on behalf of the lender, writes Eamon Quinn.
EasyJet soars on revenue boost
Shares in EasyJet soared after a quarterly revenue rise showed the British budget airline had benefited as rivals struggled, in its first trading update under new boss Johan Lundgren.
Johnson & Johnson to spend big on tax cuts
Johnson & Johnson is promising to spend more on research in the healthcare sector after changes to the US tax system.
Belgian deal seen as fresh European drive by Origin
Irish agri-services group Origin Enterprises’ entry into the Belgian fertiliser market is being viewed as a potential acquisition platform for its further expansion into continental Europe.
Global finance executives warn of 2006 parallels
Global finance executives warned of parallels between today’s soaring stock markets and the froth of the pre-crisis years as they said investors could be wrong-footed by central banks raising interest rates, writes Gavin Finch and Stephen Morris.
Rental market 'in crisis? as house prices climb
The rental market is “in crisis” with landlords likely to increase rents this year by 8% despite rent caps of 4% in urban areas, industry group the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland predicted in key 2018 forecasts, writes Eamon Quinn.
Eyes on Apple after Netflix kicks off heady season
The earnings-report cycle was off to a strong start this week, when Netflix set an exceptionally high bar, blowing so far beyond subscriber estimates that the video service entered the exalted club of companies valued at more than $100bn (€817bn).
Sky News on the line as Murdoch bid blocked
As UK regulators said 21st Century Fox’s £11.7bn (€13.3bn) bid for Sky would give Rupert Murdoch too much influence over British media, the head of Sky News, John Ryley, called employees to a newsroom meeting to allay concerns about their future.