Land Rover   manufacturing plant in Solihull, UK : Manufacturing in Britain shrank by 0.3 per cent in the second quarter, the sector’s worst performance since early 2013. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The road to economic recovery has been long and hard. Now, finally, Britain’s gross domestic product per head of population has returned to levels las(...)

RSA Insurance Group surged 11.3 per cent after Zurich Insurance said on July 28th, 2015 it was weighing up a bid for the British group with a market capitalisation of £4.4bn.  Zurich fell 3 per cent. (Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters)

Zurich Insurance is weighing a bid for British rival RSA which could top $8 billion and attract counter-offers as insurers look to diversify amid tou(...)

Audi R8: the company’s results are out today.   Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

TODAY Results: Audi; First Bancorp; Perrigo. Indicators: US factory orders (March); Chinese HSBC manufacturing PMI (April); Euro zone Markit manufa(...)

IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan. The agency met about 40 existing and prospective companies in Davos in a bid to enhance Ireland’s international profile. Photograph: Alan Betson

Insurance companies and representatives of the financial and technology sector were among the companies that attended events organised by the IDA l(...)

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(...)

Zurich Insurance has said there is more to do in terms of improving efficiency in its business although the group is on track to meet key financial ta(...)

Barry O’Leary: broke cover with three reasons to be cheerful

Three must be a magic number for Barry O’Leary, the former chief executive of IDA Ireland who left the agency in August, where he was replaced by Mart(...)

The list includes two retired judges, lawyers who have worked on state investigations into child abuse, a retired financial regulator from Jersey and a banker formerly based in Hong Kong. From left: Justice Daniel O’Keeffe, Martin Moloney, Ita Mangan and Judge Clare Leonard. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Central Bank of Ireland has named the 13 members of a high powered inquiry panel to investigate allegedly rogue banks and bankers. The list includ(...)

Zurich Insurance  chief executive officer Martin Senn. The insurer started reducing costs last year. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Zurich Insurance Group, said second-quarter profit rose 6 per cent as it took fewer losses from natural catastrophes. Net income rose to $837 million(...)

A power plant releasing carbon-dioxide emissions. European issuance of green bonds has already reached $16.6 billion so far this year, more than double the total for the whole of 2013. Photograph: Reuters

Zurich Insurance has doubled the amount it plans to invest in green bonds to $2 billion, in the latest sign that the fledgling market for bonds whi(...)