Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong’s financial central district last October. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

On the surface it’s as if the pro-democracy protests of late 2014 never happened in Hong Kong. People rush around, consuming like crazy, with job ads(...)

Dublin index heavyweight CRH added 1.17 per cent to close at €19.83

European markets rose as oil company gains helped to counterbalance a sharp fall in Swiss equities sparked by the country’s national bank decision to(...)

The Swiss National Bank scrapped its euro cap on the franc and drove Swiss stocks down nearly 9 per cent, their biggest one-day percentage fall for at least 25 years. One trader described the central bank’s move as “carnage”. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Switzerland’s move to jettison a three-year-old cap on the franc threw global markets into turmoil yesterday, sending the currency and most European(...)

 While sales in the Asia-Pacific region and at the group’s watch brands declined in the quarter, Europe benefited from a return of tourist shoppers and the Americas still reported growth. Photograph:  Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Cartier owner Richemont said weak luxury watch demand in Hong Kong and Macau halted sales growth in the final quarter of 2014, echoing comments by lux(...)

Alasdhair Willis, the storm force gusting through British wellington brand Hunter remembers the first time he wore a pair of the boots growing up i(...)

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen during her monthly news conference yesterday in Washington, DC. US stocks advanced yesterday, sending the S&P 500 Index above a record closing level, after the Fed pledged to keep borrowing costs low for a “considerable time” after its asset-purchase programme ends. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Hopes that the world’s central bankers will continue to support economic recovery gave European markets their first lift in nine days yesterday. (...)

The outlook for the luxury goods industry darkened on Friday as poor results from industry leader LVMH showed how the strong euro and political protes(...)

  CRH  moved with its sector and rose by 40 cent or 2.26 per cent to €18.125

European markets were all in solid form yesterday, reacting to overnight gains in the US and Asia. The driver for all the positivity was news from th(...)

Ryanair closed up 1.2 per cent 
at ¤7.06 
on a day in which it held an investor conference in London

Stock markets reacted badly yesterday to comments a day earlier from Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke that the central bank may end bond purchase(...)

Better than expected earnings results saw markets across the globe advance yesterday

Better than expected earnings results saw markets across the globe advance yesterday, bringing the Irish market with them. (...)