China’s central bankcut its benchmark interest rates and the amount of cash banks must keep on hand, the latest stimulus aimed at boosting the world’s second-largest economy as it battles a collapse in share prices.  Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

China’s central bank cut interest rates for the fifth time since November and lowered the amount of cash banks must set aside, stepping up efforts to(...)

Ryanair declined 1.9 per cent to €12.51.  Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Another day of losses for European stocks was prompted by concerns global growth is weakening and by uncertainty about the timing of an increase in US(...)

JP Morgan Chase: one of the top five US banks that are moving ahead of their European rivals in global investment banking. Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

US banks are moving ahead of their European rivals in global investment banking, taking advantage of strategic upheavals and concerns over capital to (...)

Euro area production levels in June “sheds a concerning light on the manufacturing recovery in 2015”. Photograph: Bloomberg.

Industrial production in the euro area fell more than economists forecast in June, raising some questions about the state of the region’s recovery. A(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York. Photograph: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Disappointing earnings results from corporate bellwethers weighed on equity prices in Europe and on Wall Street yesterday. European equities fell in (...)

 European stocks fell for a third day as a decline in energy shares outweighed better-than-expected results from Credit Suisse and Unilever. Photo: Bloomberg

European stocks fell for a third day as a decline in energy shares outweighed better-than-expected results from Credit Suisse and Unilever. BP’s 1.2 (...)

Building materials group CRH climbed 1.4 per cent to €26.88, boosted by data that showed a 26 per cent jump in the value of US highway contracts awarded last month

Falls for technology and mining stocks dragged equity markets lower yesterday, with the FTSE in London posting the biggest slide among western Europe(...)

Repayment of Samurai notes demonstrates commitment of Greek government to  creditors. Photograph: Reuters.

The Greek government repaid Samurai notes maturing on Tuesday, according to bond agent Mizuho Bank, in a first sign the nation is honouring its obliga(...)

Martin Franklin set up Platform  in 2013 to buy specialty chemicals companies

US chemicals maker Platform Specialty Products Corp said it would buy Britain’s Alent Plc for about £1.35 billion in cash to expand the range of chemi(...)

Royal Bank of Scotland said in May it had sold its last major portfolio of Northern Ireland-backed loans, Project Rathlin, to Cerberus. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Cerberus, the US company that bought Nama’s Project Eagle portfolio of Northern Ireland loans, has used a network of Irish companies to snap up distr(...)