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(...)

Niall FitzGerald was chief executive and chairman of Unilever from 1996 to 2004

Former Unilever chief executive Niall FitzGerald has become the new chairman of the UCD Michael Smurfit graduate business school advisory board. (...)

Travel stocks fall on fears over spread of the Ebola virus. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

European stocks sank in huge trading volumes, extending their week-long selloff as concerns about global economic growth spooked investors. In the la(...)

CRH is to offload its share in a builder merchanting chain in France by the end of this year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

European stocks fell as China’s minister for finance Lou Jiwei dampened speculation his government will boost economic stimulus. Commodities producers(...)

The Merck KGaA logo sits on a window at the pharmaceutical company’s headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Drugs and chemicals maker Merck agreed today to acquire US-based Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion in cash to boost its lab supplies business, the bigges(...)