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(...)

Alt-J: “We get to go home after touring to live completely normal lives, and then go back on tour to play at being rock stars. It’s incredible, and we’re hoping that’ll continue for a long time,”

Sudden success doesn’t always translate into sudden rushes of blood to the head – not if you’re a member of Alt-J, anyway. It seems that the remaining(...)

Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

Aer Lingus closed down 1.6 per cent at €1.314 after it emerged that Denis O’Brien had sold 4.1 million shares in the airline, to reduce his stake to 2.4 per cent. Photograph: Peter Muhly/Getty

European stocks dropped to their lowest level in more than three months as concern mounted about a build-up of Russian troops along the border with(...)

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis is expected to spend his first months at the retailer listening. Photograph: EPA

When Dave Lewis takes over as chief executive of Tesco in October, following the sudden ousting of Philip Clarke last week, he faces the task of reviv(...)

Online grocery group Ocado is set to make its first annual profit since being set up by three former Goldman Sachs bankers in 2000.

It’s taken almost a decade and a half but, at last, online grocery group Ocado is set to make its first annual profit since being set up by three form(...)

The move underlines the increasing threat of the German discounters Aldi and Lidl in the UK. They have consistently been among Britain’s fastest-growing supermarkets, and have been winning more affluent customers.

Sainsbury, the British supermarket chain known for its relatively upmarket image, is to enter the fast-growing hard discount sector, through a joint v(...)

TSB Banking Group surged 12 per cent on its first day of trading as Lloyds Banking Group sold a 35 per cent stake in the lender, more than initially planned. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

European stocks were little changed yesterday, paring gains in the final minutes of trading, amid increased merger and acquisition activity. The Stox(...)

Lady Neville-Rolfe: “Some villages will end up without retail.”

Lucy Neville-Rolfe remembers when her then young children caused chaos running around 10 Downing Street during John Major’s years when she came in one(...)

Tensions between Ukraine and Russia escalated ahead of this weekend’s referendum in Crimea. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

US stocks were little changed in a volatile session yesterday, setting all three indexes up for a weekly decline, as concerns (...)