A slowdown in the exploration and mining market, particularly in the EMEA region, hurt engineering company Mincon in the first six months of the year.  Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Engineering group suffers from slowdown in exploration and mining market as it announces first interim dividend

Heineken’s portfolio includes Coors Light, Fosters, Beamish Stout, Murphy’s Stout, and a full range of specialty beers, which includes Desperados. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Dutch brewer grows its market share as it calls for stimulus for pub sector

The Queen Elizabeth Cruise Liner on a one day visit to Dun Laoghaire last year. The south Dublin port is hoping to emulate the success of Copenhagen by attracting more such cruise ships. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

South Dublin port hopes to emulate the success of Copenhagen

With no new austerity measures needed to meet deficit targets, Dermot O’Leary, chief economist with Goodbody Stockbrokers, said the government should look to widen income tax bands, reduce the higher rate of tax, and  refocus on capital expenditure. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/THE IRISH TIMES

Report from broker calls for reduced income tax burden and a refocus on capital spending

Glanbia’s global performance nutrition division was the key contributor to the group’s first-half results. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

Agribusiness group is on target to achieve EPS growth of 8-10 per cent for full year; Irish sales continue to fall

New owners Brehon Capital Partners plan to invest  in growing Killashee House Hotel, “a business that is trading very strongly”.

Brehon Capital Partners will take over Co.Kildare hotel as a going concern effective Thursday

Permanent TSB is benefiting from declining impairment charges, as charges on the bank’s Irish residential mortgages book fell from €338m in 2013 to €114m in the first six months of 2014. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Bank cuts H1 operating losses to €171 million as impairments fall by 65%

Albert Manifold, CRH CEO, said he expects second-half group earnings to be “somewhat ahead” of last year’s €1.08 billion, “assuming normal weather patterns and no major market dislocations”.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Construction giant reports pre-tax profit of €61m and 4 per cent growth in sales

AIB’s Bankcentre: its truer share price is closer to one or two cent. Photograph: David Sleator

AIB is trading at six times its net asset value, whereas Bank of Ireland’s valuation is more in line with the market

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