BHP’s demerger plans, unveiled yesterday by Andrew Mackenzie, underscore the changing mood in mining over the past 18 months. Photograph: Bloomberg

BHP Billiton, the world’s most valuable miner, is to break itself up via a stock market spin-off, signalling an end to years of deals and expansion dr(...)

US telco giant AT&T is considering a bid for Eircom. REUTERS/Mike Blake

AT&T eyes Eircom The Sunday Business Post reports US telco giant AT&T may be considering Eircom as a potential low-tax route into Europe. The (...)

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(...)