Fruit importer Fyffes added 3.41 per cent to end the day at €1.396

European shares fell on Tuesday as oil dropped again and investors weighed earnings from a number of companies, including BP and UBS. Dealers noted(...)

The Sainsbury’s-Argos combination will have some 25 million customers, operating a chain of about 2,000 stores. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Supermarket group Sainsbury’s and Argos-owner Home Retail have agreed a £1.3 billion (€1.7bn) deal that will create the UK’s largest non-food retailer(...)

The proposed deal would lead to a full break up of Home Retai, as the company agreed to sell Homebase to Wesfarmers for £340 million in January, simplifying Sainsbury’s effort to gain control of Argos. (Photograph: PA Wire)

J Sainsbury has agreed to buy Argos owner Home Retail Group for about £1.3 billion, combining two of the UK’s biggest retailers in an effort to fight(...)

In Dublin, Ryanair closed up 2.3 per cent, while while Paddy Power, which is preparing a merger with Betfair, was up 1.3 per cent after €240 million worth of its shares changed hands. Photograph:  Nick Ansell/PA Wire

European stokcks rallied on Friday, trimming their worst January drop since 2008. The Iseq rose more than 2 per cent while the FTSE climbed 2.4 per c(...)

Retail: in recovery

More than 600 representatives from leading Irish and UK retail firms are due to attend the Completely Retail & Leisure Marketplace Ireland exhibit(...)

Home Retail has confirmed the group is to sell Homebase to Wesfarmers

Australia’s home-improvement leader is coming Europe after Wesfarmers agreed to buy Home Retail Group’s Homebase chain for £340 million. Bunnings, w(...)

Argos suffered a 13 per cent reduction in traditional walk-in sales in December. Photograph: PA.

British takeover target Home Retail reported a worse-then-expected 2.2 per cent drop in like-for-like sales at its biggest chain Argos, hours after it(...)

Sainsbury’s has reported a better-than-expected performance in its Christmas quarter and upgraded its sales forecast for the second half. Photo: PA Wire

Sainsbury’s has reported a better-than-expected performance in its Christmas quarter and upgraded its sales forecast for the second half. The superm(...)

Dublin heavyweight CRH was down 2.3% on the day

Global equities slipped yesterday, hit by weakness in the commodity sector, as concerns over the Chinese economy resurfaced after it allowed the yuan (...)

 Supermarket Sainsbury’s has confirmed it made an approach for Argos owner Home Retail Group, which has been rejected. Sainsbury’s said it is considering its position, adding that there can be no certainty that it will make a formal offer for the business, which also owns DIY chain Homebase. (Photograph: PA Wire)

J Sainsbury is considering making an offer for Home Retail Group in a deal that would combine two of the UK’s largest retailers and add everything fr(...)