Thorntons has become something of a joke in the City for its repeated profit warnings, its failure to sell eggs at Easter or boxed chocolates at Christmas and its constant complaints about the weather being too hot or too cold – or sometimes both. Photograph: EPA

The takeover of a famous British name by an overseas bidder is usually greeted with a chorus of complaints about the erosion of the nation’s industria(...)

The bookmaker tried to buy Coral in 1998, but had to give up after the then British trade and industry minister, Peter Mandelson, stopped the transaction

Shares in bookmaker Ladbrokes jumped by more than 10 per cent on Tuesday after the company confirmed it was in merger talks with privately owned Gala (...)

In 2013 Ladbrokes had a turnover of €449 million from 196 shops with 840 employees.

A prospective bidder for the troubled Ladbrokes chain of bookmakers has failed to get a High Court order directing it be provided with information whi(...)

Online gambling company Betfair posted a better than expected rise in full-year profit on Wednesday, led by strong revenue growth and a big surge in new customers.

Online gambling company Betfair posted a better than expected rise in full-year profit on Wednesday, led by strong revenue growth and a big surge in (...)

The loss-making Ladbrokes Ireland plans to close 60 of its 196 betting shops and cut 250 of its 840 jobs under a rescue plan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A refusal to give Boylesports information on Ladbrokes Ireland’s betting shops has left its bid for the business at a serious disadvantage to a riv(...)

Under a rescue plan being prepared, Ladbrokes Ireland plans to close 60 of its 196 betting shops and cut 250 of its 850 jobs. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

British bookmaker Betfred is understood to have expressed interest in bidding for Ladbrokes’ troubled Irish business. Ladbrokes Ireland plans to clo(...)

A man tried to use a large golf umbrella as a weapon in an attempt to rob a bookies after a mugger took his dole money, a court has heard

A man tried to use a large golf umbrella as a weapon in an attempt to rob a bookies after a mugger took his dole money, a court has heard. Niall Flynn(...)

Boylesports chief financial officer Michael Bent says the lack of information and tight deadline imposed for the final offer do not prejudice Ladbrokes UK, which he says is bidding against his company. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The High Court is due to hear Boylesports’s full challenge to rival Ladbrokes Ireland’s examinership next week. Ladbrokes Ireland is working its way(...)

Boylesports signalled early in the examinership process that it was interested in bidding for the entire Ladbrokes chain in the Republic

Bookmaker Boylesports has challenged rival Ladbrokes Ireland’s restructuring in the High Court, arguing that the process is effectively designed to (...)

The block of retail and office properties at O’Connell Street, Abbey Street and Sackville Place in Dublin city centre

A large block of retail and office properties at O’Connell Street, Abbey Street and Sackville Place in Dublin city centre with considerable opportunit(...)