Apple watch: news journalists not on the technology beat confess to glazing over when big snazzy product launches like those for the Apple Watch are reported.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

My thoughts on the Apple Watch are not sophisticated. Mostly, the way the circular app icons cluster on the interface reminds me of those dottily chee(...)

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(...)

Huawei Watch: connects to your phone to give you notifications.

The smartwatch is no longer considered a novelty item, at least not as far as mobile- phone makers are concerned. It seems everyone is jumping on the (...)

An Apple Watch is shown off at  Apple’s  Spring Forward event in San Francisco, California,  on Monday, March 9th, 2015.  Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg 2:39

It has been almost six months since we first saw the Apple Watch. Six months during which rivals, already trying to convince consumers that smartwatch(...)

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(...)