European Central Bank president Mario Draghi yesterday: he confirmed that the bank’s bond buying programme would apply to residential mortgage backed securities. Photograph: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

The European Central Bank has adjusted downwards economic forecasts for this year and next as it cut interest rates to record lows and announced pla(...)

UK inflation cooled more than economists forecast in July, giving the Bank of England Governor Mark Carney (pictured) rroom to keep its key interest rate at a record-low. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

UK inflation cooled more than economists forecast in July, giving the Bank of England room to keep its key interest rate at a record-low. The rate of (...)

Netflix jumped 3 per cent to $443.15 on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday as Morgan Stanley recommended buying shares in the video-streaming service. Netflix has climbed 20 percent this year after soaring 298 per cent in 2013. From left: Uzo Aduba, Laverne Cox, Taylor Schilling, Piper Kerman, Natasha Lyonne and Jenji Kohan of the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, in New York.  Photograph: Therese + Joel/The New York Times

European stocks rose yesterday as investors awaited a decision from the US Federal Reserve about scaling back economic stimulus.The Iseq bucked the t(...)

Visitors pass Germany’s national flag as they walk around the dome of the German parliament building, or Reichstag, in Berlin. German unemployment unexpectedly increased for the first time in six months. Photo: Bloomberg

German unemployment unexpectedly increased for the first time in six months amid signs of a slowdown in Europe’s largest economy. The number of peopl(...)

UK retail sales unexpectedly rose in March as warm weather boosted spending on spring clothing. Photo: Bloomberg

UK retail sales unexpectedly rose in March as warm weather boosted spending on spring clothing, adding to evidence the economy gained momentum(...)

German imports climbed to their highest level since reunification while exports fell in February. Photo: Bloomberg

German imports climbed to their highest level since reunification while exports fell in February, in a sign that domestic demand in Europe’s la(...)

About 2.2 million CRH shares changed hands in Dublin yesterday, slightly more than usual. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tumbling technology share helped trigger the biggest decline in European markets in a month yesterday. Traders in Dublin said w(...)

German unemployment fell for a fourth month in March as companies became more confident in the health of Europe’s largest economy. Photo: Bloomberg

German unemployment fell for a fourth month in March as companies became more confident in the health of Europe’s largest economy. The n(...)

The number of people out of work in Europe’s largest economy decreased by 14,000 to 2.914 million, data from the Labour Office in Germany showed today. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

German unemployment dropped in February to its lowest level in nearly 1-1/2 years, boding well for domestic demand, which the government hopes (...)

The big news of the day was that Paddy Power expects full-year operating profits to be about €11 million lower than it forecast three months ago. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

There was a step back from the record levels seen in Wall Street yesterday that set a downbeat tone for markets. Traders in Dublin said the recent pas(...)