Japanese stocks tumbled and the yen surged  after the central bank dashed investors’ hopes for more stimulus, leading to declines in most other world benchmarks after the Fed left interest rates unchanged. Photograph: AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

The yen surged on Thursday after the Bank of Japan surprised markets by declining to boost its stimulus, battering Japanese stocks and briefly weighi(...)

Analysts on average had expected earnings of 39 cents per share and revenue of $4.78 billion

Abbott Laboratories raised its adjusted profit forecast for 2016 and posted quarterly earnings and revenue ahead of analyst estimates, helped by stre(...)

McDonald’s results ard due out on Friday. Photo: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty
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TODAY Results: Hasbro; Morgan Stanley; Netflix; PepsiCo. Meetings: Cairn Homes EGM (Conrad Hotel, Dublin 2); Petroneft EGM (Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin(...)

 Moody’s, the ratings agency, has cut its outlook on China’s government credit to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’. Photo: Bloomberg

Clifford Coonan in Beijing Moody’s, the ratings agency, has cut its outlook on China’s government credit to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’ on the back of a(...)

Painting teamwork: AbbVie staff carrying out refurbishing work at St Joseph’s Special School, Sligo AbbVie staff doing refurbishment work at St Joseph’s Special School in Sligo

There are many ways to develop teamwork. Crédit Agricole Credit Insurance (CACI) has 14 nationalities among its 106 employees and the company believe(...)

Insatiable demand: Infant formula now accounts for 35 per cent or €1.15 billion of Irish dairy exports. Photograph: China Photos/Getty Images)

Kerry’s infant formula brand Green Love Plus retails for a whopping €43 a kilo in China – nearly four times the price here. If you’ve ever wondered w(...)

Shire CEO Flemming Ornskov is optimistic about the deal with Baxalta, but can these two very different companies fuel growth? Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Flemming Ornskov had reason to be pleased yesterday. The Shire CEO’s six-month pursuit of rival Baxalta appears finally to have reached a successful c(...)

 Cherrywood Business Park: acquired by US property firm Hines and King Street Capital

The US pharmaceutical company Abbott and the management specialists Milner Browne are to rent more than 3,716sq m (40,000sq ft) of office space at C(...)

Given the opprobrium that greeted the news this week of Pfizer and Allergan’s $160 billion merger, you could be forgiven for thinking that Ire(...)

Students at the Gradireland fair can avail of opportunities at the event in the RDS, such as tips for dressing for interviews, CV workshops, and meeting potential employers and graduates who are currently on their programmes. The organisers say there will be more than 120 companies at the event

‘There will be more jobs on offer than at any time over the past 10 years and we have more employers in more sectors than ever before,” says Mark M(...)