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(...)

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(...)

Uber does not pay VAT on driver commissions charged here “as these services are rendered out of the Netherlands”. Photograph: Junko Kimura-Matsumoto/Bloomberg

Ahead of today’s opening of a new call centre in Limerick by online transport company Uber, the Sunday Times reports calls by Fianna Fáil for governme(...)

 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(...)

CRH, which has been upgraded by Goldman Sachs,  rose 1.05% to €25.93

Global equity markets rallied yesterday as oil prices moved away from multi-year lows, though investors remained mindful of the possibility for more v(...)

Retail property agents in Britain are speculating that Dunnes Stores is planning to open up to 40 more stores there

If recent reports that Dunnes Stores is planning a major UK expansion translate into reality, Margaret Heffernan will need to draw on her legendary re(...)

Michael O’Leary of Ryanair: airline advanced 1.7 per cent to €11.75. Photograph: Dave Meehan

European and US shares rebounded after several negative days of trading, amid optimism that Greece will reach a deal with its creditors. In Europe, s(...)

Sainsbury’s revenue continues to decline amid record deflation as food retailers cut prices to keep up with discounters Aldi and Lidl. Photograph:  Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Supermarket group J Sainsbury predicted a return to outperforming the UK sector after the first improvement in sales volume for more than a year. The (...)

The European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt. Futures rose amid investor optimism that a weaker-than-forecast inflation report bolstered the case for the ECB to begin quantitative easing. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

European stocks ended higher despite paring gains in late trading, and futures rose amid investor optimism that a weaker-than-forecast inflation re(...)

UK stocks fell to a one-month low as Tesco led supermarket stocks lower after it issued a profit warning. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

European equities slumped, led by a plunge in Greek stocks after an unexpected decision to bring forward its presidential election. The political g(...)