Ryanair followed up this week’s news that it made €1 billion surplus in the first half of the year with strong passenger numbers for October. Its shares added 1.07 per cent to end the day at €14.66

European shares closed off their highs yesterday amid continued fallout from the Volkswagen emissions scandal and indications from Federal Reserve cha(...)

Audi: results out today.   Photograph: Akio Kon/Bloomberg
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TODAY Results: Aramark; Audi; Avis Budget; Estee Lauder; Inmarsat; Ryanair; PostNL; Visa. Indicators: Irish Investec manufacturing PMI; Irish consumer(...)

A file picture of a Tesla Model S all-electric sedan. Tesla added an autopilot update on Thursday that allows cars to steer through curves on its own, monitorsurrounding vehicles and adjust speed as needed. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images.

As of Thursday morning, thousands of Tesla electric cars already sitting in garages and driveways were to abruptly gain the ability to drive themselve(...)

 Maros Sefcovic, vice president of the European Commission in charge of energy union, with  Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White, at the Powershift ESB energy  in Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

One third of Irish households will be generating their own electricity within 10 years, the ESB’s chief executive has predicted. Pat O’Doherty said (...)

Shares in Irish oil and gas exploration company Providence Resources regained some ground by the close, having dipped by as much as 8 per cent earlier. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

World equity indexes gained modestly yesterday after a rout last week. Positive US housing data helped Wall Street shrug off a weak manufacturing rep(...)

A Tesla  Model S P85D vehicle sits plugged in at a charging station in Nephi, Utah

Electric car and battery maker Tesla said it was looking to raise about $642.5 million through a share sale, above the $500 million it announced on Th(...)

Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk said stationary storage could ultimately be a bigger business for Tesla than cars  Photograph: Reuters

Tesla Motors reported a wider first-quarter net loss on Wednesday night, but outperformed expectations and stuck to key milestones for the year ahead,(...)

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, who have been married for 21 years. Photograph: Elaine Thompson/AP Photo

To be a billionaire, the first thing you need is a personality disorder.That is what I had always assumed, based on my own experience of having interv(...)

It may have been created in the Big Bang, but hydrogen could turn out to be a damp squib

Roughly 15 billion years ago, someone or something created an awful lot of hydrogen. In fact, in the Big Bang, very little other than hydrogen was cre(...)

US stocks rose   as expectations that the Federal Reserve will push any interest rate increases further into the year offset concerns over faltering economic growth spurred by a surprisingly weak jobs report last week. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US stocks rose in early trading yesterday as expectations that the Federal Reserve will push any interest rate increases further into the year offset(...)