Industry analysts believe that in order for the IAG approach for Aer Lingus to be considered realistic, it would have had to be in the region of €1 billion, or about €1.87 per share. Photograph: Alan Betson

The bid to buy Aer Lingus by rival group International Consolidated Airline Group (IAG) could have valued the Republic’s flag carrier at at least €1 (...)

MasterCard lost its decade-long battle against a European Union ban on cross-border card fees as Europe’s highest court today supported a broader regu(...)

“There is at once too little and too much competition in personal current account banking in Britain.” Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has chosen personal current account backing as one of its first subjects of major inquiry. Well, not(...)

A Eurostar passenger train travelling from England exits the Channel Tunnel. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Britain’s competition regulator has told Groupe Eurotunnel, the operator of the undersea rail link between Britain and France, it will have to stop op(...)

UK regulators are reviewing Lagan Cement’s bid to buy the rooftile business owned by the Quinn Group. Lagan Cement, part of the Belfast a(...)

The headquarters of Barclays Plc stand beyond a metal gate in Canary Wharf, London. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

AIB and Bank of Ireland are among a number of banks that may be making it difficult for small companies to access finance in Britain, according(...)

British prime minister David Cameron (centre) leaves Downing street to attend prime ministers questions at the Houses of Parliament. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

The European Union’s top court has dismissed Britain’s challenge to a law on banning the short-selling of shares in market emergencies, dealing a blow(...)

The car hire company quoted a low price, only to reveal at the desk that compulsory extras added about 60 per cent.

I was travelling abroad last week. The car hire company quoted a low price, only to reveal at the desk that compulsory extras added about 60 per cent.(...)