Cranes next  in the financial district of the City of London. Britain on June 23rd will vote in a referendum whether to stay or to leave the European Union. Photograph: Hannah McKay/EPA

The UK economy lost momentum in the first quarter as services posted their weakest performance for almost a year and industrial production continued (...)

Blythe Masters, chief executive officer of Digital Asset Holdings. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The European Union should hold off for now from regulating blockchain, the technology that underpins the virtual currency bitcoin, EU lawmakers are se(...)

 Porsche: Car firm’s results due on Friday. Photograph:  Nicolas Mollo/AFP/Getty Images
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St Patrick’s Day in London: There are 660,000 Republic-born people living in Britain who will be entitled to vote, plus 1.5 million with varying degrees of Irishness in their identity. Photograph: by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

The UK’s referendum on EU membership matters. It matters a lot, more even than a clutch of elections. Indeed, the potential historic significance of t(...)

UK justice secretary Michael Gove has accused the Remain side of running an overwhelmingly negative and pessimistic Brexit campaign, portraying Britain as “beaten and broken”. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A British vote to leave the European Union could prompt other member states to follow suit, ushering in “the democratic liberation of a whole contine(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB). In a world of negative rates, he currently charges 0.4 per cent on the euros deposited by banks in his coffers overnight. (Photograph: Drew Angerer/Bloomberg

Japanese families seem to have a sudden affinity for home safes. According to the Tokyo-based manufacturer Eiko, shipments have doubled since last fa(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne: “Higher taxes and a smaller economy are not a price worth paying.” Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne outlined the bleakest scenario yet if the UK votes to leave the European Union, saying that Brit(...)

Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

An accountancy expert has told an alleged market deception trial that he believes a circular €7.2 billion deal between two banks could have gone on fo(...)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation hit 0.5% last month after the price of clothes rose by 1.7% year on year, while passenger transport by air climbed 17.9% over the same period.  (Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

UK inflation accelerated to a 15-month high in March as an early Easter boosted air fares and clothing prices increased.Consumer prices rose 0.5 per (...)

British industrial output recorded its biggest annual fall in two and a half years in February, official data showed on Friday, confirming industry su(...)