Aer Lingus shed some of the gains it made on Thursday on the back of reports the Government was close to agreeing to sell the State’s stake to  IAG. Photograph: Alan Betson

European stocks slid on Friday as concern over the impact of Greek debt was exacerbated by declines in the US and Asia. A two-hour blackout at news a(...)

Tony Smurfit, Smurfit Kappa’s chief operating officer, linked the acquisition to its ‘Open the Future’ global brand campaign: “[Inspirepac has] built excellent businesses in many product and customer sectors which will ... support our continued drive to ‘Open the Future’ within the UK packaging market.”

Smurfit Kappa, the paper and packaging giant, has agreed a £43.5 million deal (€60 million) to buy Inspirepac, a UK-based print business, from the Log(...)

Gary McGann, CEO of Smurfit Kappa The Irish company has so far said nothing  but the whisper in the wind whistling out of the group is that it knows nothing of any potential suitors

How much longer will Smurfit Kappa be able to ignore the continuing market and media speculation concerning rumoured interest in the company from Inte(...)

Smurfit Kappa chief executive Gary McGann: there is continued media speculation about a potential bid from rival International Paper. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Smurfit Kappa has not received any approach from US rival International Paper, according to sources with knowledge of the matter, and the Dublin- and(...)

Hopes of more easy money from top central banks pushed Japan’s Nikkei index past 20,000 points for the first time in 15 years

World equity markets tested record highs as hopes of more easy money from top central banks pushed Japan’s Nikkei index past 20,000 points for the fi(...)

With CRH’s acquisition of Holcim-Lafarge assets dependent on a merger, the Irish company’s shares increased 2.9 per cent to €24.98.

European stocks climbed to a record high amid better-than- estimated German industrial output, and oil rebounded from the biggest decline in two mont(...)

Bank of Ireland gained 1.35 per cent to close the day at 37.5 cents. Its chief executive, Richie Boucher, said the bank would in future look to grow in the UK through bolt-on acquisitions, though he indicated there were no immediate plans. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

European stocks rose yesterday, trimming their worst weekly loss of the year, as the Stoxx Europe 600 Index added 0.3 per cent. The market in Dubli(...)

Greece’s Alpha Bank AE rallied 17 percent. “Today is a huge relief for the banks, which are a big part of the index, because part of the story is that they will be kept afloat,” said analyst Jean-Paul Jeckelmann Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

European stocks surpassed their recent highs as Greece won tentative approval for a four-month extension from euro zone ministers.The news was follow(...)

In Dublin, Bank of Ireland was the main mover on the day, up 5 per cent at 31.7 cent as about 100 million shares changed hands. Photograph: Frank Miller

European stocks climbed after a report showed the German economy accelerated. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index added 0.6 per cent to 377.07 at the cl(...)

Gary McGann, chief executive officer, Smurfit Kappa Group, said that the group’s 2014 performance is “strong evidence of the resilience of our integrated and geographically diverse business model”.   (Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES)

Smurfit Kappa Group, the paper and packaging giant, is eyeing further expansion through buyouts in Europe and Latin America. Ian Curley, the chief fin(...)