Statoil jumped 6.1 per cent after Norway’s biggest oil company unexpectedly posted a profit

Energy companies pushed European equities up for a second day running, amid better-than-estimated earnings reports and news of oil reaching $45 a barr(...)

A cleaner pulls a vacuum cleaner as she walks past a Santander Bank branch in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain

Banco Santander, the euro zone’s biggest bank, on Wednesday posted an almost 5 per cent fall in first-quarter net profit, hit by a deepening recession(...)

 Porsche: Car firm’s results due on Friday. Photograph:  Nicolas Mollo/AFP/Getty Images
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TODAY Results: Apple; First Bancorp; First Data; Halliburton; Xerox. Meetings: Preparing for Industry 4.0 (Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown). (...)

Some 40 banks were involved in the Spanish class action. Image: Thinkstock

Banks including Barclays and Santander face an €5 billion bill after a Spanish court ruled that the millions of fixed minimum rate mortgages are null (...)

 McDonald’s: results out on Monday. Photograph: Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg
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TODAY Results: Amgen; Ferrari; Halliburton; McDonald’s; Wincor Nixdorf. Meetings: Cyber and data security briefing (Clarion Hotel, Cork). Indicators: (...)

People walk past a picture of Spain’s acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy outside the People’s Party (PP) headquarters in Madrid

European shares edged higher on Monday, buoyed by gains in carmaker Volkswagen and telecoms equipment manufacturer Ericsson, although an inconclusive (...)

Pedestrians pass an ABN Amro branch as the second-largest bank in the Netherlands made its initial public offering in Amsterdam on Friday. ABN Amro raised €3.3 billion in an initial public offering. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

ABN Amro, the lender bailed out by the Dutch government during the financial crisis, rose as much as 3.4 per cent on its return to the market after ra(...)

Nationalised Dutch bank ABN Amro is seeking to lure private investors after posting its most profitable quarter since it was reinvented in 2010. (Photograph: Sean Garnsworthy/Getty Images)

ABN Amro, the nationalised Dutch lender, plans to sell shares in an initial public offering in Amsterdam as soon as the fourth quarter, seven years a(...)

The arrangements using charities are part of tax-efficient structured finance deals aimed at attracting the institutions to set up “special purpose vehicles”in Ireland to house the high-risk assets. A team of economists from the Central Bank last month published a report on the use of these types of structures

Matheson, Ireland’s biggest corporate tax firm, uses three charities registered to “relieve poverty and distress” to help hedge funds and banks pay le(...)

IAG last week formally announced its offer for Aer Lingus, valuing the airline at €1.4 billion

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) must wait until July 15th to find out if the European Commission will approve its €1.4 billion offer (...)