Banana importer Fyffes surged 2.34 per cent to €1.095 following news it and Chiquita Brands International have agreed new terms for an all-share merger. Photograpr: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Stocks rose yesterday as positive news on the US economy sparked hopes it would lift Europe. Data from Washington’s commerce department showed that U(...)

Llanberis Pass, in Snowdonia National Park, Wales

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Michael O’Leary: Since last year’s agm, Ryanair has beefed up customer service as part of a strategy aimed at attracting more passengers

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary yesterday defended the airline’s board against criticism at the company’s annual general meeting that long ser(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary. The airline has predicted it will reach the upper end of its earnings projection this fiscal year.

Ryanair chief executive, Michael O’Leary told shareholders this morning that he and the company’s board are close to confirming his committment to rem(...)

National benchmark indexes rose in 16 of the 18 western European markets, with Germany’s Dax jumping 1.4 per cent and France’s Cac 40 adding 0.8 per cent.

Markets reacted well to the Fed’s Wednesday indication that US interest rates would probably be stable for the time being while, closer to home, growi(...)

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen during her monthly news conference yesterday in Washington, DC. US stocks advanced yesterday, sending the S&P 500 Index above a record closing level, after the Fed pledged to keep borrowing costs low for a “considerable time” after its asset-purchase programme ends. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Hopes that the world’s central bankers will continue to support economic recovery gave European markets their first lift in nine days yesterday. (...)

Air France planes parked on the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle airport, in Roissy, near Paris, yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Christophe Ena

More than half of Air France flights were cancelled yesterday due to a strike by pilots, in a week when industrial action is set to also disrupt oper(...)

Ryanair refused to either confirm or deny that it is in talks with Boeing to acquire high-density versions of its 737 Max jetliner

Just as Ryanair is due to begin taking delivery of the first of the 180 Boeing 737 aircraft it ordered from the US manufacturer last year, reports eme(...)

Ryanair closed 1.57 per cent up at €7.394, after breaking the €7.40 mark earlier in the day. The airline released figures showing August passenger numbers were up 4 per cent at 9.4 million. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

European stocks rose as Russia and Ukraine agreed on the steps needed for a truce, while a poor euro zone purchasing managers’ index stoked specula(...)

Fyffes was among the best performers in Dublin yesterday as investors gained in confidence that it may get its $1 billion proposed merger with Chiquita away, following a scheduled shareholders’ meeting next month. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

European shares eked out small gains in thin trading across the continent yesterday, but most European bourses closed off their morning highs, after (...)