CRH closed up 2.8 per cent at €26.55, following the announcement that regulators had cleared its planned €6.5bn purchase of assets from Holcim and Lafarge. (Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons)

World stocks hit all-time highs on Friday as corporate updates in Europe and a post- dot.com-boom peak for the US Nasdaq stoked investor optimism. Eur(...)

The decision for a formal review was taken by the board on Thursday after several investors raised the issue in recent meetings

HSBC Holdings, Europe’s biggest bank, said it has started a review of whether to move its headquarters out of Britain following regulatory and structu(...)

Manufacturing activity in Asia’s top two economic powerhouses slowed further in April.

Manufacturing activity in Asia’s top two economic powerhouses slowed further in April, a disappointing outcome that calls for yet more stimulus and pu(...)

With Ireland’s first-time buyers now often a decade older than in years gone by, securing a mortgage at an older age can pose its own challenges.A 45-(...)

Alan Duffy, chief executive of HSBC: ‘Policy makers need to make sure that Ireland captures the opportunity provided by this increasingly significant source of capital by replicating the hard work put into previous target markets.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The slowing economy reflects what premier Li Keqiang calls the “new normal” of slower, but better, economic growth.China is looking to the domestic ma(...)

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns. He made various directions, including for the advertisement of the petition seeking the sale, and returned the matter for hearing on June 5th

A proposal for the transfer and sale of some 1.3 million general insurance policies held mainly by UK-based customers of Quinn Insurance Ltd (QIL) to(...)

Chief executive Alan Walsh

One51, the environmental services and investment holding group, has an acquisition war chest of €90 million at the ready should the right investment p(...)

The ECB headquarters in Frankfurt. As the bank enters its second month of quantitative easing, many analysts think it could be only a matter of time before German 10-year yields drop below zero.

Germany’s benchmark 10-year government borrowing costs are on track to fall below zero for the first time, raising fresh concerns over the damaging s(...)

HSBC Holdings said it was told by French magistrates that it would be subject to a formal criminal investigation in relation to the conduct of its Swiss private bank in 2006 and 2007

HSBC Holdings has been placed under criminal investigation by French authorities and made to post €1 billion bail over allegations that its Swiss priv(...)

William Pitt the Younger: introducted of Britain’s first income tax but created the non-domicile regime to allow those with foreign property to shelter it from wartime taxes. Photograph: Edward Gooch/Getty Images

Fiona ReddanIreland’s non-domicile regime stretches back to 1799 when it was introduced by UK prime minister William Pitt the Younger. It was not chan(...)