BT said it was in preliminary talks for two companies and identified only Telefónica-owned O2 as a target. Photograph: Martin Divisek/Bloomberg
Companies named as BT targets

BT Group plc is in talks to buy Telefónica SA’s O2 unit or another mobile phone company to expand its wireless offering in the UK and complement its b(...)

A law passed last year by Spain’s government is wooing foreign entrepreneurs by  requiring them to have little more than a government-vetted business plan, health insurance and enough money to support themselves while living in Spain.

Last year, after more than a decade in Silicon Valley, Stacia Carr helped sell the company she was running and went looking for a change of pace. “The(...)

After European Central Bank president Mario Draghi promised last Friday to use whatever means necessary to raise inflation, investors bet that the ECB would soon unveil new measures, possibly including government bond purchases. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

The Iseq in Dublin rose by 0.6 per cent as most euro zone markets advanced on expectations of more monetary stimulus. After European Central Ba(...)

 Telefonica pointed to a rise in customers signing up for its mobile, broadband and pay-TV deals as evidence of a turnaround from its three-year slump. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Spain’s Telefónica pointed to rising demand for its mobile, broadband and pay-TV deals as evidence of a turnaround from its three-year slump as it pos(...)

Take-up of office space in the Dublin office market for the third quarter of 2014 stood at 41,450sq m – almost a third higher than the second quarter. Photograph: Eric Luke

The latest Dublin office review from DTZ Sherry FitzGerald confirms last week’s record returns reported for the sector by IPD. Dublin’s central busine(...)

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen addresses a Senate banking committee hearing in Washington, DC, yesterday. She told lawmakers the central bank must press on with monetary stimulus as “significant slack” remained in labour markets and inflation was still below the Fed’s goal. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US stock markets rose yesterday, adding to earlier gains as investors bet that the US Federal Reserve would not adjust guidance about how soon it w(...)

Orange said the deal would add to earnings per share and operating free cash flow by 2017, and would help it save €1.3 billion mostly through network efficiencies

France’s Orange has reached a deal to buy Spanish fixed line telecoms operator Jazztel in an effort to bolster its mobile operation in the country and(...)

Telefonica’s bid is likely to attract additional suitors for Brazil’s fourth-biggest broadband provider, analysts say. Photograph: Martin Divisek/Bloomberg

Spain’s Telefonica has made a €6.7 billion bid to France’s Vivendi for its Brazilian broadband unit GVT, seeking to strengthen its position in a mark(...)

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(...)

While Google’s recent demonstration of a driverless car captured the imagination of some drivers, many still do not have even a basic understanding of what constitutes a connected car. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Earlier this year, Apple announced CarPlay, a system that uses Siri for voice control and a new iOS-like interface to the car’s touch screen. Many (...)