Increased demand for gas and tension between Ukraine and Russia saw gas prices rise by 9 per cent in February. (Photograph: Getty)

Despite February hike average prices are still down 27% on an annual basis

Woodies DIY owner Grafton said that the acquisition of TG Lynes  further strengthens the group’s platform for future growth in this target sector and will be earnings enhancing from completion.  (Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times)

Woodies DIY owner says deal will enhance group’s growth potential in mechanical engineering merchanting

Andrew Langford, group chief executive, said that 2014 was a “very difficult year” for both FBD and the Irish insurance industry. (Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES)

Winter storms cost group €15.2m while rising motor and accident and liability claims also cause difficulties

Study shows share price link to workforce

Central Bank economist Yvonne McCarthy: ‘People in fragile employment have a 5 per cent higher probability of being in distress with their mortgage relative to people in secure employment.’

About 20% of people in arrears previously unemployed, says economist

Jim Travers, chairman and chief executive officer of Fleetmatics, said that 2014 was a year of “tremendous progress”. (Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times)

GPS-based fleet management systems providers says 2014 was a year of ‘tremendous progress’

Drugs group Icon is forecasting revenue to be in the range of $1.6-1.675 bn for 2015, an increase of 7-11 per cent, and earnings to be in the range $3.45- $3.60, an increase of 20-25 per cent.

Drugs group consolidates its position thanks to strong new business wins

Rising property prices have not yet lifted a significant proportion of Irish homeowners out of negative equity, according to a new report from the Central Bank. (Photograph: Frank Miller/THE IRISH TIMES)

Data from Central Bank shows that 50 per cent of 2007 buyers are still in negative equity

Janet Yellen, chair of the US Federal Reserve, at a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday. Yellen said inflation and wage growth remain too low even as the job market improves, and she signaled that a change in the Fed’s guidance on interest rates won’t lock it into a timetable for tightening. (Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Yield on 10-year bond falls to new low on back of US dovish stance

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