A Total petrol  station in Paris. It could be a difficult year for many oil producers, according to Fitch Ratings, which estimates the aggregate earnings of seven major oil companies in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region will fall 22 per cent in 2016.

Stocks are struggling to make headway and bond prices are firmer as a rising dollar and weaker oil prices provide an excuse for a breather after Wall (...)

Residents heading for a makeshift evacuation centre in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

The desperate search for survivors intensified on Sunday in the splintered remains of buildings destroyed by Japan’s deadly earthquake and authoritie(...)

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Tuesday stressed his readiness to expand monetary policy further, saying that market moves would be among key factors the central bank will look at in deciding when and how it will next expand stimulus. (Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters)

Asian shares and other riskier assets skidded on Tuesday, pressured by slumping crude oil prices and mixed messages from Federal Reserve policymakers(...)

Irish demand deposit rates have slumped to as low as 0.01 per cent in recent times - and may yet hit zero. (Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES)

Irish savers are now earning as little as €1 a year on deposits of €10,000 - and may be set to earn even less, following last week’s move from the Eu(...)

Applegreen: results today
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TODAY Results: Applegreen; Aryzta; Lennar. Meetings: Freelance Forum (Buswells Hotel, Dublin); Innovation Summit (Dublin Business School, Dublin). I(...)

Japanese government bond yields held near record lows on Tuesday after yields at an auction for 10-year bonds went under zero for the first time, a phenomenon that is likely to dent demand for risk assets. (Photograph: KIMIMASA MAYAMA/EPA)

Japanese government bond yields held near record lows on Tuesday after yields at an auction for 10-year bonds went under zero for the first time, a p(...)

China’s central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan  and Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble attend a group photo session during the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting

The world’s top economies failed to find consensus on dealing with sluggish global growth, with the G20 meeting in Shanghai coming up only with a reco(...)

 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: (...)

 Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  with Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, at a bilateral meeting  in Davos. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/ EPA

The International Monetary Fund has reiterated its call for debt relief for Greece, raising pressure on European countries to cede to Greek demands fo(...)

Central bankers around the world including the Fed’s Janet Yellen (pictured) are trying to reach an annual inflation target of 2 per cent. (Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg)

Monty Bennett hasn’t seen anything quite like today’s stubbornly low inflation in his long career as a hotelier. Occupancy at the Ashford Group of Co(...)