McDonald’s: results out on Monday. Photograph: Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg
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TODAY Results: Amgen; Ferrari; Halliburton; McDonald’s; Wincor Nixdorf. Meetings: Cyber and data security briefing (Clarion Hotel, Cork). Indicators: (...)

David Bowie was the first major artist to securitise royalty streams, selling $55 million worth of “Bowie Bonds” in 1997. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

David Bowie had a gift for grasping the zeitgeist. In business the term is “staying relevant”. Behind the fey, otherworldly personas, Bowie was a sh(...)

The internet spending spree came on the back of November’s Cyber Monday which, Visa Europe said, was the busiest day of the year for online shopping in the Republic. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Consumer spending in the last three months of 2015 climbed by more than 7 per cent compared with the same period in 2014, while online spending rose (...)

Consumer angst: there are significant protections for consumers within EU and domestic law, but you need to be careful when shopping outside Europe’s borders

Internet shopping has been a boon for the cash-savvy consumer, but what happens if it all goes wrong? What are your legal rights if the goods you boug(...)

Visa Inc., the world’s largest payments network, agreed to acquire Visa Europe Ltd. in a deal valued at as much as €21.2 billion to unify the brand globally after eight years as separate companies. (Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters)

Visa Inc., the world’s largest payments network, agreed to acquire Visa Europe Ltd. in a deal valued at as much as €21.2 billion to unify the brand g(...)

Digital oversight: there has to be a minimum Bill of rights protecting people so they don’t have to go to court to get defamatory or unlawfully damaging content taken down. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

“As of September 28th, 2015 at 01:52pm Eastern Standard Time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pic(...)

U2 on stage. File photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

People who bought standing tickets for U2’s upcoming concerts in Dublin and paid for them with Bank of Ireland Visa cards may have to jump through add(...)

The move signals the end of a relationship between the credit card provider and the bank, which dates back more than 40 years

Bank of Ireland has ended its long-standing relationship with credit card company Visa and has started making contact with hundreds of thousands of it(...)

Google’s Sundar Pichai: it appears that seemingly minor details, ranging from a person’s economic background to whether or not he has a daughter, can be predictive of a chief executive’s tenure

New Google chief executive Sundar Pichai is Indian, comes from a humble background, is married, and has a daughter and a son. Readers might ask: so wh(...)

Going to college has always been expensive, and the advent of free fees hasn’t really changed this. Indeed the rising cost of accommodation, plus a he(...)