Fyffes, the banana distributor, slipped more than 1.5 per cent to close the day at €1.17 per share. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The Dublin stock exchange reached its highest level since 2008, climbing 1.1 per cent.Shares rose across most of Europe, building on their best start(...)

Antonio Horta-Osorio, chief executive officer of Lloyds Banking, speaks during the British Chamber of Commerce’s (BCC) annual conference in London. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Lloyds Banking Group is paying its first dividend for six years after reporting a rise in profit and improvements in its capital strength, a milestone(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes shows Pascal Papé a yellow card for kneeing Jamie Heaslip at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The independent disciplinary panel which handed French lock Pascal Papé a ten week ban yesterday for kneeing Jamie Heaslip in the back did so after d(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes shows Pascal Papé a yellow card for kneeing Jamie Heaslip at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The independent disciplinary panel which handed French lock Pascal Papé a ten week ban yesterday for kneeing Jamie Heaslip in the back did so after d(...)

 Ulster Bank and its parent company Royal Bank of Scotland are to create 350 additional jobs at an Ulster Bank customer contact centre in Belfast. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ulster Bank and its parent company Royal Bank of Scotland are to create 350 additional jobs at an Ulster Bank customer contact centre in Belfast.Ellve(...)

Peter Barrett, chief executive of SMBC Aviation Capital. “We have placed two large orders in the last 12 months, so that’s really a significant vote of confidence in our business.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Just weeks ago, aircraft leasing specialist SMBC Aviation Capital agreed to buy 80 of Boeing’s newest model, the 737 Max, from the US giant in a deal (...)

One bond-market metric already suggests consumer prices will drop in the next year. (Photograph: Atisha Paulson/Bloomberg)

Bond investors can be a gloomy bunch, glass- half-empty types who see bad news everywhere. But they haven’t been this downbeat about growth and infla(...)

RBS, majority owned by the UK government, will have to pay another $10.6 billion on top of the $12.6 billion already paid or provisioned for, Morgan Stanley estimated. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays may have to pay some of the biggest bills from an estimated $52 billion in fines and other litigation costs facing(...)

Royal Bank of Scotland agreed to pay a $99.5m fine in June to settle claims it misrepresented more than $2bn of mortgage-backed bonds  between 2005 and 2007. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Royal Bank of Scotland could have to pay higher than expected fines to cover the cost of involvement in the mis-selling of US mortgage-backed securiti(...)

The Bank of England sign on the wall of its headquarters in London. A power cut at the bank added to the drama of banking stress tests yesterday

A power cut at the Bank of England added to the drama of the banking stress tests on Tuesday, as reporters and officials were forced to quit Threadnee(...)