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. (...)

Ryanair closed 1.57 per cent up at €7.394, after breaking the €7.40 mark earlier in the day. The airline released figures showing August passenger numbers were up 4 per cent at 9.4 million. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

European stocks rose as Russia and Ukraine agreed on the steps needed for a truce, while a poor euro zone purchasing managers’ index stoked specula(...)

Ryanair climbed 3.16 % as markets continued to react positively to its launch of a business-class service. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The Iseq rose by a solid 0.8 per cent yesterday, as European stocks generally advanced in the final minutes of trading after remaining little changed (...)

Fyffes was among the best performers in Dublin yesterday as investors gained in confidence that it may get its $1 billion proposed merger with Chiquita away, following a scheduled shareholders’ meeting next month. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

European shares eked out small gains in thin trading across the continent yesterday, but most European bourses closed off their morning highs, after (...)

Bank of Ireland was one of the main movers on the day, up 2.1 per cent at closing to 29.1 cent. Traders said 280 million shares changed hands on the day, and it was the most traded stock on the exchange. Photograph: Frank Miller

European stocks declined, paring their biggest weekly gain in six months, after Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen underscored the persistence(...)

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(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan with Stephen Vernon and Pat Gunn of Green REIT at the company’s listing  on the Irish Stock Exchange in July last year. FTI advised the company on its IPO. Photograph: Eric Luke

FTI Consulting’s capital markets team in Dublin, led by Mark Kenny and Jonathan Neilan, saw its revenue increase by 36 per cent to €1.79 million last (...)

German postal and logistics group  Deutsche Post gained 2.2 per cent to €23.75 after reporting a 5.7 per cent increase in quarterly profit. Photograph: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

European stocks made a modest rebound after four days of losses, as companies including Credit Agricole and Deutsche Post reported better-than-expe(...)

Dermot Smurfit Jnr: “I think Michael has respect for me. . . I would be super disappointed if he didn’t say: ‘Dermot is a good operator’ ”

In 2002, Jefferson Smurfit group was taken private in what at the time was one of the biggest ever European private equity deals. It resulted in a hug(...)

Corrugated packaging supply at a Smurfit Kappa plant. The packaging group said revenue increased to €3.95 billion in the first-half of this year.

Smurfit Kappa has reported pre-tax profits of €228 million for the 6 months to the end of June, up 79 per cent on the same period of last year.The pac(...)