Anglo American Platinum said it would be willing to sacrifice its status as the world’s largest producer of the metal as it puts some mines up for sale. Photograph: Getty

Anglo American Platinum said it would be willing to sacrifice its status as the world’s largest producer of the metal as it puts some mines up for sal(...)

Holcim and Lafarge, seeking antitrust backing for a planned $40 billion merger, have outlined an initial list of assets for sale. Photo: Bloomberg

Holcim and Lafarge, seeking antitrust backing for a planned $40 billion merger, outlined an initial list of assets for sale to cut the importance of E(...)

Stock markets fell sharply in Europe as Middle East crisis intensifies. Photograph: EPA

European stocks fell sharply as violence in the Middle East escalated and a report showed the US economy shrank in the first quarter by the most sinc(...)

Ryanair and Aer Lingus were dragged down in a sector-wide slide in airline stock linked to Germany’s Lufthansa lowering of its profit forecast earlier in the week.

European stocks were little changed yesterday despite poor retail sales and jobs data from the US, while oil prices hit a three-month peak on escalat(...)

Tesco dropped 1 per cent to 300.6 pence. The company may report its worst UK sales in more than 10 years this week as discounters gain market share, Morgan Stanley predicted. Photograph; PA

European shares started the month positively yesterday, buoyed by upbeat economic data from China that helped to allay concerns about growth rates the(...)

Financial traders work on the floor of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo: Bloomberg

European stocks climbed to a six-year high as a report showed that Chinese manufacturing expanded at the fastest pace since December. Det Norske Oljes(...)

Aer Lingus shares closed down more than 5 per cent at €1.42. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Global equity markets edged slightly lower on Friday as fears that growth expectations are too high offset mostly solid economic data, while the dolla(...)

As one of the BBC’s senior economic correspondents, Hugh Pym covered the banking crisis from its revelation in 2007 to the present day. As late as Jul(...)

South African miners: the National Union of Mineworkers believes that up to 50,000 miners may have contracted an incurable lung disease from severe dust build-ups in mine shafts. photograph: gianluigi guercia/afp/getty images

The Irish Times revealed last week that Dave Coleman and Michael Lavelle, the founding partners of high-profile Dublin law firm Lavelle Coleman, are s(...)

Miners are helped by rescue workers and friends from the coal mine  in Soma. The disaster in western Turkey is likely to be the country’s deadliest and is also the worst in a series of incidents in a sector that has seen 30,000 die since 1970. Photograph: Ozgu Ozdemir/Getty Images

A coal mine explosion and fire which have killed more than 200 people in Turkey coincides with increased pressure on utilities to drastically improve (...)