Despite the Heineken family’s  stance – it said it wanted to “preserve the heritage and identity of Heineken as an independent company” – it could come under pressure from other shareholders not to reject a future approach so swiftly. Photograph: Reuters/Stephen Hird

With a history stretching back 150 years, Heineken describes itself as “a proud, independent global brewer”. SABMiller, its bigger British rival, w(...)

The prospect of more mergers and acquisitions fuelled a rally among brewers, after the Wall Street Journal reported that Anheuser-Busch InBev, which produced Budweiser beer, was talking to banks about financing a possible $122 billion bid for SABMiller. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

European stocks were little changed today, after their first weekly slide in more than a month, as disappointing Chinese economic data and concern (...)

Dutch brewer Heineken has rebuffed an approach by larger rival SABMiller about a potential takeover, on the grounds that its controlling shareholder intends to keep the company independent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Dutch brewer Heineken has rebuffed an approach by larger rival SABMiller about a potential takeover, on the grounds that its controlling shareholder i(...)

Ryanair and Aer Lingus were dragged down in a sector-wide slide in airline stock linked to Germany’s Lufthansa lowering of its profit forecast earlier in the week.

European stocks were little changed yesterday despite poor retail sales and jobs data from the US, while oil prices hit a three-month peak on escalat(...)

Building materials group CRH rose 1.3 per cent to €20.32, as its peers in the cement sector also advanced. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Dublin market outperformed on a flat day for equities across Europe as investors mined data on euro zone economic growth for clues ahead of today’(...)

On a slow day for the Iseq, Aer Lingus was the biggest riser, finishing the day at €1.47, up 3.8 per cent. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Iseq rose by 0.6 per cent yesterday, as most European markets treaded water. Better-than-expected US and Chinese manufacturing data was cancelled(...)

Worries over escalating tension in Ukraine and weak results held back stocks in Europe. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Global equity markets declined and government debt rose amid rising tension in Ukraine as Russia declared the country on the brink of civil wa(...)

The deal for Iran to limit its nuclear programme lifted airline stocks as investors decided they are likely to benefit from falling oil prices

European stocks advanced, after posting their first weekly loss since October, as Iran agreed to limit its nuclear programme, lifting airline stocks, (...)

Bottles of Peroni beer, produced by SABMiller.

SABMiller, the world’s second-largest brewer, reported higher profit for the first half of its financial year, as sales growth in Africa was partiall(...)

Carlsberg said eastern Europe revenue fell by 21 per cent, much higher than a 9.6 per cent forecast, while Asia sales, which were expected to rise by 10 per cent, were flat. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Danish brewer Carlsberg reported falling operating profit in the third quarter, with eastern European sales hurt by falling consumption in Russia and (...)