Bank of Ireland rose nearly 1 per cent to close at 35 cent, buoyed by a sector-wide surge in stocks

Banks led European stocks higher after equities completed the biggest quarterly advance since 2009. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index added 0.3 per cent to (...)

A bull figure in front of the Dax board at the Frankfurt stock exchange. As Europe’s biggest exporter, Germany has benefited from quantitative easing’s deliberate weakening of the euro

Germany’s Dax index broke through, and closed above, the 12,000 barrier for the first time yesterday as German equities emerged as the main beneficiar(...)

GlaxoSmithKline has sold half its stake in Aspen Pharmacare of South Africa for 10.5 billion rand (€802 million). Photo: Reuters

GlaxoSmithKline sold half its stake in Aspen Pharmacare of South Africa for 10.5 billion rand (€802 million) to invest in new priorities as the UK’s l(...)

Malin has said it will invest in companies for which an initial public offering (IPO) or trade sale is premature

Leading British fund manager Neil Woodford and the Irish state’s new strategic investment fund are among the investors who have committed to purchasin(...)

Pelham House in South County Business Park in Leopardstown, Dublin 18

Friends First has emerged as the purchaser of a recently vacant office building in South County Business Park in Leopardstown, Dublin 18. The fund has(...)

Scott McCauley, associate scientist at the Gilead Sciences, makes human proteins at the Gilead laboratory in Foster City, California. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Anne Strange was too ill to dance at the evening reception when her daughter, Debbie, married in November but just being there was enough. The 63-year(...)

Further studies are planned in the US later this month and soon after volunteers will receive the vaccine in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Photograph: AP Photo

Johnson & Johnson has started clinical trials of its experimental Ebola vaccine, which uses a booster from Denmark’s Bavarian Nordic, making it th(...)

In London Marks & Spencer lost 3 per cent amid signs that the retailer’s recently overhauled online service has been struggling to cope with Christmas demand

The latest signs of weakness from the Chinese economy spooked investors during a dismal start to the week for European markets.Mining stocks came und(...)

Pfizer will pay $850 million for rights to a cancer drug being developed by Merck.

Pfizer will pay $850 million for rights to a cancer drug being developed by Merck, in a move that will accelerate the German company’s move into oncol(...)

Brazil slumps after incumbent Dilma Rousseff narrowly wins a second term. Photograph: Paulo Fridman/Bloomberg

Global equity markets slipped yesterday, hit by weak German business sentiment and another decline in oil, while Brazil slumped after incumbent Dilma(...)