The plan, to raise about €4 billion from listing a 40 per cent stake in Poste Italiane on the Milan stock exchange in October, is the main plank of prime minister Matteo Renzi’s stalled drive to sell off state assets. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli

Italy will fire the starting gun on the flotation of its 153- year-old national post office in early August, kicking off a widely anticipated €12 bill(...)

An investor looks at a computer screen showing stock information at a brokerage house in Kunming, Yunnan province, China. Photogrpah: Wong Campion/Reuters

China’s tumbling stock market showed signs of seizing up on Wednesday, as companies scrambled to escape the rout by having their shares suspended and (...)

Monitors show market movements at the Taiwan Stock Exchange in Taipei. Taiwan’s weighted index fell 274.05 points or 2.96 per cent to 8,976.11 as a rout in China spread into regional markets. Photograph: AFP

Chinese stocks dived on Wednesday, as the country’s securities regulator warned investors were in the grip of “panic sentiment” and the market showed (...)

Top 1000 companies: 54%   hail from Ireland, accounting for 68% of jobs

US technology giant Microsoft has become the largest company in Ireland for the first time, according to the The Irish Times Top 1000 Companies 2015 s(...)

Prime minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU and then hold the referendum by the end of 2017 on whether to stay in the region or leave. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

A number of banks have put off possible investments in Britain until after a referendum on its future in the European Union, a lobby group said on Tue(...)

Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Dublin operation at Central Park office park in Leopardstown. The bank continues to reduce the scale of its Irish operations. (Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES)

Assets at the Dublin banking arm of Bank of America Merrill Lynch plunged in 2014, as the bank’s retrenchment in Ireland continued and headcount shru(...)

The funding attracted €1.1 billion of total demand

AIB has completed the issue of a €500 million fixed-rate senior unsecured debt issue with a maturity of five years and a coupon of 1.375 per cent.The (...)

The iPhone maker issued $6.5 billion of debt Monday, locking in borrowing costs for as long as three decades. (Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Apple ’s mega bond sale is fueling speculation US interest rates are poised to increase. The iPhone maker issued $6.5 billion of debt Monday, locking (...)

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. The company has  unveiled a plan for a tax-free spin-off of its 15 per cent stake in China’s Alibaba.

Yahoo plans to spin off its 15 per cent stake in China’s Alibaba, responding to pressure to hand over to shareholders its prized e-commerce investment(...)

BP has warned that plans to streamline its business will cost it $1 billion over the next year. The move to simplify the business comes with the price of oil now down 40 per cent below its level last year.  Photograph: Andy Buchanan/ WPA Pool/Getty Images

Oil prices have steadied below $49 a barrel after a volatile day with North Sea Brent and US crude oil dipping towards near six-year lows as another(...)