The Debenhams store on Oxford Street, London. The group’s chief  financial officer resigned after  a  warning  of a  profits plunge as a hoped-for sales surge in the last week before Christmas failed to materialise. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

World stock markets kicked off 2014 with a whimper yesterday, weighed down by disappointing Chinese manufacturing data. After their best run in 15 yea(...)

Before the Government unveiled which of its businesses it intended selling, Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte dismissed talk of a fire sale, saying “there will be no State assets going up on eBay”.

At about 9am on Wednesday, Bord Gáis Éireann’s adviser, Royal Bank of Canada, called the three remaining bidders for the group’s retail division and t(...)

The US Federal Reserve building in Washington. Minutes released from the Fed’s October meeting showed it expects further improvement in the US jobs market and “would thus warrant trimming the pace of purchases [of bonds] in coming months”.

The Iseq remained broadly flat as shares slid elsewhere across Europe, following gloomy news from China and the US. A gauge of manufacturing in China (...)

Incease came after data from the US showed that states continue to boost spending on new roads and highways. About half of CRH’s US business depends upon this segment. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On the day Ireland officially announced it was exiting the bailout unaided, the Iseq in Dublin crept up by 0.5 per cent.Elsewhere, global equity marke(...)

Former RBS chief executive Fred Goodwin: big energy companies were warned they were facing a “Fred the Shred” moment

The spectre of Britain’s most reviled company boss, the former RBS chief executive Fred Goodwin, was invoked yesterday by a government minister as he (...)

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TODAYResults: Flybe; Lonmin; Sotheby’s.Meeting: UNI Global Union Economics Forum (CWU Conference Centre, Dublin).Indicators: Irish Bord Gáis energy in(...)

The plan was as obvious as it was daring: to harness the sun over the Sahara Desert and supply Europe with an endless supply of clean energy.But now t(...)

CRH gained 0.26% to finish at €17.105. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Better than expected company earnings and a boost for German investor confidence drove increases in most European markets yesterday, although the benc(...)

German utility EON is  suffering from “low capacity utilisation and low wholesale prices as a result of Europe’s economic crisis and interventionist energy policies and regulations”.

EON reported a 42 per cent drop in first-half profit as lower power prices forced Germany’s biggest utility to keep plants idle. Underlying net income(...)

Eddie O’Connor of Mainstream Renewable Power: “We now have one of the biggest energy investors in the world on board.”    Photograph: Frank Miller

The Japanese trading house Marubeni has agreed to pay €100 million for a 25 per cent stake in Mainstream Renewable Power, the wind energy company cont(...)

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