Dalata, the hotel company run by former Jurys chief executive Pat McCann (above), rose 1.61 per cent to €3.15. It was among six potential bidders named by ‘The Irish Times’ yesterday as being in the running for the €400 million Moran’s hotel group. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Iseq nudged ahead by a modest 0.2 per cent yesterday, as European stocks held their ground after swinging between gains and losses throughout the(...)

Mikhail Fridman: as part of the DEA deal, the Russian tycoon  and his co-investors will get stakes in about 190 oil and gas licences or concessions in Europe, the Middle East and north Africa. Photograph: Konstantin Zavrazhin/Getty Images

Germany’s economy ministry approved the sale of utility RWE’s oil and gas unit DEA to a Russian investor despite tensions between Russia and the West (...)

In Europe, stocks rose to their highest levels in a week, although Ireland lagged slightly behind the trend

A global gauge of stock markets rose as investors were cautiously optimistic about a possible de-escalation of the conflict in the Russia-Ukraine b(...)

Miners are helped by rescue workers and friends from the coal mine  in Soma. The disaster in western Turkey is likely to be the country’s deadliest and is also the worst in a series of incidents in a sector that has seen 30,000 die since 1970. Photograph: Ozgu Ozdemir/Getty Images

A coal mine explosion and fire which have killed more than 200 people in Turkey coincides with increased pressure on utilities to drastically improve (...)

Armed men, wearing black and orange ribbons of St. George - a symbol widely associated with pro-Russian protests in Ukraine - drive a combat vehicle, with a Russian flag on the top, outside Kramatorsk today.  Photograph: Maks Levin/Reuters

Ukraine’s prime minister today accused Russia of “exporting terrorism” to Ukraine by using covert forces to organise armed separatists who he s(...)

 Vodafone climbed 1.7 per cent to 226 pence after it agreed to buy Spanish cable operator Ono, in what is the latest move in the company’s acquisitions spree. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

European stocks advanced, breaking a run of declines, as companies from Germany energy giant RWE to telecoms company Vodafone rose am(...)

Under the terms of the Pirelli deal, which was announced yesterday, the Russian oil major will own 50 per cent of a new holding company that will end up with 26.2 per cent of Pirelli. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr./Bloomberg

Rosneft has struck a deal with a group of Italian shareholders that will give it control over a 13 per cent stake in Italy’s Pirelli, making it(...)

Shopping trolleys at a Sainsbury’s supermarket at Pulborough, southern England, this month. J Sainsbury reported its “best Christmas ever” this year

Markets fought back in the wake of steep falls on Wall Street overnight as positive updates on UK inflation and better-than-expected euro zone industr(...)

The Debenhams store on Oxford Street, London. The group’s chief  financial officer resigned after  a  warning  of a  profits plunge as a hoped-for sales surge in the last week before Christmas failed to materialise. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

World stock markets kicked off 2014 with a whimper yesterday, weighed down by disappointing Chinese manufacturing data. After their best run in 15 yea(...)

Incease came after data from the US showed that states continue to boost spending on new roads and highways. About half of CRH’s US business depends upon this segment. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On the day Ireland officially announced it was exiting the bailout unaided, the Iseq in Dublin crept up by 0.5 per cent.Elsewhere, global equity marke(...)