While the conservative government highlighted that Spain’s unemployment had dropped by 360,000 over the last 12 months, many observers have cast in doubt prime minister Mariano Rajoy’s assertion that the macroeconomic recovery is reaching ordinary Spaniards.  Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

(...) poor period for the labour market due to the end of many temporary summer jobs, these figures were(...)

The great unwashed: “a bit of scab or anything is unacceptable. You nearly have to grow the baby potatoes in velvet,” says one industry source. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

It’s not easy being an Irish potato. You’re expected to hide your mucky origins and be easy to(...)

European shares retreated on Friday after strong gains in the previous session, with investors focusing on a US jobs report for hints about the timing of an expected interest rate rise in the United States. Photo: Reuters

States. Economists expect the US economy to have generated 220,000 new non-farm jobs last month(...)

An inflatable doll depicting former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in prison attire during a recent protest against Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff in São Paulo. photograph: paulo whitaker/reuters

(...) of any major economy. The administration tried to calm market fears by claiming its 2016 budget was(...)

John O’Dwyer, chief executive of VHI. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

(...) market. That in turn put to bed a years-long worry about the State having to trump up money to put the(...)

Avolon is headed by aviation industry veteran Dómhnal Slattery

Irish aviation lessor Avolon is to be acquired by Bohai Leasing in a transaction valued at $7(...)

VHI chief executive John O’Dwyer: It is the first time we have had growth in years. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Irish Times the VHI lost customers when the market contracted but is now beginning to see the market(...)

There wasn’t much progress on the moon-mining front. (Above, a group of hikers are seen silhouetted against the moon in Tijuana, Mexico.) Photograph: Jorge Duenes/Reuters

(...) growth and inducing them to sprout new fibres. In some cases, these beneficial effects persisted for 10(...)

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(...) securities regulators are putting pressure on brokerages to clean up “grey market” margin lending by the end(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi says the risks to the euro area growth outlook remain on the downside. Photograph: Reuters

(...) economy and the vulnerability of the global economy to the Chinese slowdown. Amid market ructions in(...)