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(...)

Investors took the ditching of the franc’s cap against the euro as a sign the Swiss National Bank was anticipating the imminent launch of a significant European Central Bank bond purchase programme

Shockwaves from Switzerland’s move to ditch its currency cap were still being felt on Friday, as investors made a fresh grab for top-rated government (...)

A man looks at a board showing currency exchange rates in Bern

The Swiss franc soared against the euro Thursday after the nation’s central bank stunned markets by abandoning a ceiling it put in place more than (...)

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(...)

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. (...)

Swatch chief executive Nick Hayek: said new watches might allow the wearer to count the number of steps they take and calories they burn. Photograph: Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Swatch Group is happy to go it alone with a launch next year of watches with smart features to compete with so-called wearable gadgets from the big te(...)

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(...)

Swiss national flags hang from buildings in a shopping district in Zurich. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Jasmin Eicher has already axed her sole full-time employee to keep afloat her shop selling cards, candles and paper in a Zurich suburb. If Swit(...)

 Tiffany has reported a net loss of $104 million, or 81 cents a share, for the fourth quarter compared with a net profit of $179.6 million, or $1.40 a share, for the same period a year earlier. Photographer: Craig Warga/Bloomberg

A hefty one-off charge following a legal battle with Swatch took the shine off fourth-quarter results for Tiffany & Co, despite the US jewe(...)

 Swatch watches: Tiffany was ordered to make a payment of about 400 million francs to Swatch in December

Swatch Group AG, the biggest maker of Swiss watches, said it expects “healthy” growth this year after 2013 earnings rose 17 per cent, boosted by compe(...)