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(...)

According to Think Beyond Plastic, an initiative which began in Silicon Valley in 2006, in the last two decades we have consumed more plastic than in the entire 20th century, going from 1.5 million tonnes in 1957 to 256 million  tonnes in 2010.

The material of a thousand uses has become the material causing thousands of problems. Plastics manufacturing is an industry as central to modern soci(...)

UBS raised total pay for chief executive officer Sergio Ermotti by 4 per cent to 11.2 million francs ($11.1 million). Photo: Bloomberg

UBS raised total compensation for chief executive officer Sergio Ermotti by 4 per cent to 11.2 million francs ($11.1 million) and restated fourth-quar(...)

Data released by the ECB on Thursday showed the overall level of lending to households and firms in the euro zone fell by 0.1 per cent in January

Bank lending in the euro zone fell slightly in January but at a slower pace than a month earlier, suggesting the economy may be turning a corner as co(...)

CRH recently announced the €6.5 billion acquisition of assets from Lafarge and Holcim. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

CRH, the building materials giant, has appointed UK- based former investment banker Lucinda Riches to its board. Ms Riches will take up her non-execut(...)

Swiss Bank UBS logo at their headquarters building, in Zurich, Switzerland. Photograph: Walter Bieri/EPA

UBS Group has warned over the impact of the surging Swiss franc and negative interest rates in Switzerland and the euro zone. Switzerland’s biggest (...)

CRH expects the deal to be about 25 per cent accretive to underlying earnings and will generate a ROIC in line with CRH’s weighted average cost of capital in the first full year of ownership.

Dublin-based building materials group CRH has raised €1.6 billion via a placing of just more than 74 million new ordinary shares to help fund its acqu(...)

Li Keqiang, China’s premier. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Last week there were jitters around the region, and among Irish companies keen to sell into the China market, about the country’s slowest growth in gr(...)

The over-arching theme at Davos this year is ‘The new global context’. Photograph: EPA

Attending the World Economic Forum at Davos is tough if you’re not a one-percenter. Companies pay about 600,000 francs (€607,560) for a pass th(...)

Walk on by: Snowmen representing countries worldwide during an exhibition from the NGO, action/2015, on the sideline of the 45th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: EPA

The European Central Bank is expected to announce today that it will spend billions buying the debt of euro zone member states in order to kickstart t(...)