Financial services company Prudential,  one of six insurers  being investigated over their treatment of long-time life insurance customers. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Britain’s financial watchdog is investigating six insurance firms including Prudential and Old Mutual over their treatment of long-time life insurance(...)

Irish construction firm CRH indicated that it may sell further assets. Photograph: Alan Betson

European stocks declined from a five-year high as investors weighed corporate earnings and China‘s pledge to boost the role of markets in economic gro(...)

The Bank of Ireland building in the International Financial Services Centre: Activity at Bank of Ireland has been increasing since it broke through the 20 cents a share barrier last week. Photograph: Frank MIller

European stocks rose for a fifth day in response to better-than-expected economic data, as well as signals from central bankers that European interest(...)