Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. Positive jobs reports sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average sharply higher. Photograph: Getty Images

European shares posted this year’s biggest advance, buoyed by a surprise election win for the British Conservative party and improving US jobs data.In(...)

The FTSE 100 Index surged by as much as 2 per cent on Friday after a better-than-expected election performance for the Conservatives cheered the City. Sterling jumped the most since 2009 against the euro, and climbed at least 0.9 per cent versus its 16 major peers. Photograph:  Tim Ireland/PA Wire.

The FTSE 100 Index surged by as much as 2 per cent on Friday after a better-than-expected election performance for the Conservatives cheered the City(...)

Property experts predict that the Indian Ocean will be the “Atlantic of the next generations”, with the surf-beaten golden sands that stretch north from Mogadishu making excellent holidaying territory for the Asian middle classes, several decades hence. (Photograph: Getty Images)

The best real estate investment in the world today? Beachfront huts in Somalia. That is according to Hans Rosling, a Swedish public health professor (...)

Intel: results on Thursday
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TODAY Results: Alcoa. Indicators: Irish trade balance (Nov); US labour market conditions index (Dec). Other: Taylor Wimpey trading update. (...)

Want to know how someone goes from selling falafels at festivals to running their own rave-reviewed hipster eaterie? Then pop along to Trinity’s Scien(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), pauses during a news conference to announce the bank’s interest rate decision in Frankfurt, Germany last month. Markets don’t expect Mr Draghi to decrease rates on Thursday. ( Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg)

The European Central Bank slashed its forecasts for growth and inflation over the next two years, saying the outlook had deteriorated since its last s(...)

Irish-Swiss food group Aryzta was the star performer, rising €2.11 or 3.3 per cent to €65.36, following positive first-quarter results earlier in the week. Photograph:Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

European shares rose again despite surveys that showed the euro zone economy may face another contraction. Investors looked to a European Centr(...)

JD Wetherspoon: results on Friday
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TODAY Results: Green REIT; Escher. Indicators: Euro zone Sentix investor confidence (Sep); German trade balance (Jul); Chinese trade balance (Aug);(...)

A Carlsberg flag flies outside the brewing group’s headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, yesterday. Carlsberg, Russia’s biggest brewer, cut its full-year forecasts for revenue and earnings even as quarterly profit beat estimates, causing the shares to slump 3.6 percent. Photograph: Freya Ingrid Morales/Bloomberg

Trading was relatively flat across most of Europe following two consecutive days of gains. In the US, stocks rose to within five points of an all-t(...)

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold. The building materials company’s shares finished down 1.8 per cent at the close yesterday, following the release of the company’s half-yearly figures. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Both European and US stocks made gains yesterday, with Ireland and Iceland the only western countries not to record a positive day’s trading while (...)