Traders are pictured at their desks in front of the DAX board at the Frankfurt stock exchange yesterday.The  DAX Index climbed 0.3 per cent. Photograph: Reuters

National benchmark indices advanced in nine of the 18 western-European markets yesterday. Germany’s DAX Index climbed 0.3 per cent and France’s CAC 4(...)

Dalata, the hotel company run by former Jurys chief executive Pat McCann (above), rose 1.61 per cent to €3.15. It was among six potential bidders named by ‘The Irish Times’ yesterday as being in the running for the €400 million Moran’s hotel group. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Iseq nudged ahead by a modest 0.2 per cent yesterday, as European stocks held their ground after swinging between gains and losses throughout the(...)

Peter Diamandis, chairman and chief executive of the X Prize Foundation: “Most CEOs today are focused on quarterly returns . . . They are unaware of [what is coming down the track] which will be massively disruptive”. Photograph: Nadine Rupp/Getty Images

Dr Peter Diamandis is a man who sees the future in the present. His mission he says is “to open the space frontier for humanity” and he believes it is(...)

The European Commission warned Ireland last month that it could investigate more companies beyond Apple Inc as part of its probe into European tax practices

The European Commission is widening its investigation into how multinationals use countries such as Ireland and Luxembourg to cut their tax bill, a(...)

Caterpillar Northern Ireland operations director Robert Kennedy said the decision by the company to invest $9 million in the Co Antrim plant was ‘testament to the cost competitiveness of manufacturing in Northern Ireland’. Photograph: William Cherry/JPR/PA Wire

Caterpillar is to invest 9 million US dollars (€6.6 million) to expand its Northern Ireland truck parts manufacturing operation.It will maintain up to(...)

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) headquarters   in Washington. An SEC judge has ruled the  Chinese units of the  “Big Four” accounting firms should be suspended from practicing in the US for six months. Photo: Bloomberg

The Chinese units of the global “Big Four” accounting firms should be suspended from practicing in the United States for six months, a US judge ruled.(...)

A new British-based sports car firm has sprung up, claiming to offer Ferrari levels of desire and performance for a six-figure price tag. So far, so t(...)

US diplomat Richard Haass assisted by Harvard professor Meghan O’Sullivan, speaking to the media at Stormont Hotel in Belfast, where he is chairing negotiations dealing with issues including contentious flags and  parades. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Every Christmas Eve I like to have a last-minute race, panic buying around Belfast city centre. It’s the perfect occasion to run into old friends, (...)

Peter  Robinson and Martin McGuinness (centre) with  Steve Niehaus and William J Rohne of Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

There is nothing like the promise of £1.2 million to help “cement relationships” and persuade US firms that Northern Ireland is “an attractive investm(...)

From left:  First Minister Peter Robinson,  Steve Larson and Jim Umpleby of Caterpillar,  and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness during a visit to Chicago yesterday

Caterpillar, the US engineering group, is to invest £7 million and create 100 jobs in a new manufacturing project at its Northern Ireland operation.Ju(...)