Building materials group CRH tracked industry rivals to close 1.3 per cent down at €23.09. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

European shares closed higher, as firmer utility stocks and gains on the Lisbon bourse before weekend elections in Portugal propped up markets in spi(...)

The variable rate cut takes the bank’s standard rate to 4.25 per cent

KBC Bank Ireland is to cut its standard variable rate mortgage for non buy-to-let customers by a quarter of one percentage point. The cut takes the (...)

Greece’s finance minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, said he expects to open negotiations on debt relief by the end of the year. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Greek finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos will meet his euro zone counterparts next Monday for the first time since his country’s September 20th genera(...)

Men work at the assembly line in the truck production plant of truck and bus-maker MAN AG in Munich, Germany

Euro zone economic sentiment hit a new 4-year high in September, European Commission data showed on Tuesday, mainly thanks to more optimism in industr(...)

A pedestrian is watching Tokyo’s Nikkei Stock Average   and global markets information during an afternoon trading session in Tokyo. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

World shares fell for the fifth day running on Thursday, sliding back towards two-year lows on growing unease about global growth, while emerging mark(...)

Euro-area government bonds rose after European Central Bank Executive Board member Peter Praet said policy makers would “forcefully react” to defend (...)

Investors look at computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shanghai, China. The Shanghai Composite Index headed for its longest rising streak in a month. (Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters)

Asian stocks clawed back some of Monday’s losses, while US equity-index futures retreated and the dollar fluctuated as markets struggled to digest co(...)

Janet Yellen, chair of the US Federal Reserve whose officials left interest rates unchanged last week. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Last week the Federal Reserve chose not to raise interest rates. It was the right decision. In fact, I’m among the economists wondering why we’re even(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras: EU congratulated Tsipras  and said Greece has ‘no time to lose’ in implementing the reforms agreed as part of its international bailout. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Once they receive their portfolios this week, the ministers of the incoming Syriza-Independent Greeks coalition will have to begin implementing a long(...)

Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s prime minister, speaks to supporters as he secures victory in the general election in Athens, Greece, on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg)

US and European equity-index futures dropped with Asian stocks and emerging-market currencies as concern global growth is faltering spurred investors(...)