Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, gestures during the bank’s quarterly inflation report news conference in London last week. Minutes released today of the bank’s nine-member Monetary Policy Committee’s meeting on August 6th-7th revealed that two members voted to increase interest rates, ending the longest period of unanimity in the MPC’s 14-year history.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Bank of England policymakers broke ranks over interest rates for the first time in three years this month, when two unexpectedly voted to tighten poli(...)

PayPal launch: Louise Phelan, PayPal’s vice president of global operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa, shakes hands with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the recent official opening of the International Operations centre of eBay in Dundalk which includes PayPal and eBay. Photograph: Alan Betson

This month’s announcement that PayPal will be creating 400 additional jobs in its Dundalk base illustrates the strides that have been made in a region(...)

A row of houses in London, as house prices recorded their strongest monthly uplift since 2002, with a 3.9% jump taking average values to £184,464, Halifax has reported. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

House prices have recorded their strongest monthly uplift since 2002, with a 3.9 per cent jump taking average values to £184,464, Halifax has reported(...)

Certus chief executive Joe Higgins said: “Regrettably, we need to reduce our workforce this year, which will, hopefully, be achieved on a voluntary basis.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin-based specialist loan servicing group Certus is seeking 225 redundancies from its 1,000-strong workforce in a bid to reshape the busines(...)

ICON says its acquisition of Aptiv Solutions will enhance its capabilities in adaptive and medical device trials and in Japan.

Icon, the Dublin based provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, has agreed t(...)

A “sold” sign sits on a photograph of a residential property in an estate agent’s window display in London. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

British house prices jumped sharply in February, rising at the fastest monthly pace since May 2009, mortgage lender Halifax reported today. (...)

Ulster Bank staff must be dreading Thursday when Ross McEwan, chief executive of its parent company Royal Bank of Scotland, will outline the results of its five-month strategic review of group operations.

Ulster Bank staff must be dreading Thursday when Ross McEwan, chief executive of its parent company Royal Bank of Scotland, will outline the re(...)

British house prices showed their biggest rise in three months in January and one measure of affordability deteriorated to its weakest since the finan(...)

The bill for mis-sold insurance at Lloyds spiralled to nearly £10 billion today after the taxpayer-backed bank admitted it is set for another 550,000 (...)

Spencer Dale, Bank of England, chief economist said that the UK housing market has a “microwave-type quality” with a tendency to go suddenly from lukewarm to scalding hot. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

The Bank of England is fully aware that Britain’s housing market has a “microwave-type quality” with a tendency to go suddenly from lukewarm to scaldi(...)