In Dublin, the index suggests, prices over the first six months jumped 15 per cent to €107

Average cost of a room booked through Hotels.com is €101

Ryanair climbed 3.16 % as markets continued to react positively to its launch of a business-class service. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

US markets remain closed for Labor Day as investors remain cautious elsewhere

Cutrale Group and Safra Group last month tabled a rival all-cash bid for Chiquita, but the proposed Chiquita-Fyffes combination will be put before shareholders of both banana companies later this month to rubber-stamp the merger. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Lobbying campaign by Cutrale and Safra goes over heads of Chiquita board

 Russian minister of energy Alexander Novak (second from left) and Gazprom president Alexei Miller (left) at talks in Moscow with EU commissioner Guenter Oettinger to discuss gas supplies to Europe and problems of Ukrainian transit. Photograph: EPA/Sergei Chirikov

War could inflate prices but gas from Qatar and Norway would ensure supply

Stafford Holdings, which owns Lifestyle Sports and Campus Oil, saw operating profits double last year  to just under €3.4 million. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Lifestyle Sports and Campus Oil owner sees improved performance across all divisions

Fyffes was among the best performers in Dublin yesterday as investors gained in confidence that it may get its $1 billion proposed merger with Chiquita away, following a scheduled shareholders’ meeting next month. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Fyffes gains 4.25% amid conjecture that $1bn merger with Chiquita could go ahead

The K Club is now fully owned by Dr Smurfit after he bought out property developer Gerry Gannon’s 50% share. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty

Accounts show Smurfit deal with Nama resulted in a €28 million writedown

Michael O’Leary: well known for a rambunctious attitude towards Aer Lingus.   Photograph: Eric Luke

O’Leary says he was either misquoted or taken “out of context”

Party place: the Darwin Centre at the National History Museum in London

Behemoth appears to have snapped up half the country’s assets in recent years

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