Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on August 19th.  Technology stocks were leading indexes higher on Wall Street after the US gave Chinese telecom giant Huawei another 90 days to buy equipment from American suppliers. Photograph: AP Photo/Richard Drew

Stock market in Dublin rises but still lags performance of European peers

Extinction Rebellion protesters in Birmingham where they intermittently blocked traffic using Bristol Road.  Photograph:  Jacob King/PA Wire

It is a fact that if people do less and use less, then GDP will fall

Dermot Desmond owns close to 30% of Mountain Province Diamonds.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Mountain Province Diamonds has seen price fall below key $1 mark

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

In Dublin, the Iseq index ended the session in the black, but lagged its European peers with an increase of just 0.15%

A selection of Kettle crisps, which are set to be acquired by Irish food group Valeo from the Campbell Soup company.

Irish food group in exclusive talks with Campbell Soup to buy UK and Ireland arm of company behind Metcalfe popcorn

Gordon Dunne, far left, has already stepped away from his duties at the Mater hospital in Dublin. An interim chief executive, Alan Sharp, has been appointed. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gordon Dunne, who was appointed in 2015, will officially leave his position at the end of August

The Q City business park in Hyderabad, India, which has been seized by local authorities from IBRC

Tax authority division said it took control under laws regulating movement of assets out of India

UFC fighter Conor McGregor, Virgin group founder Richard Branson and MC Alan Shortt on stage at Convention Centre Dublin during Pendulum Summit 2018. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Accounts for Pendulum Events and Training show accumulated profit of more than €2.2m

There is still confidence builders will get busier over the next 12 months. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ulster Bank PMI index was 51.4 in July, down from 53.1 in June as Brexit looms

Larry Goodman:  it is at his exploits in the healthcare industry, the trio of Irish private hospitals in which he is involved, where we have witnessed the full breadth of his approach to business. File photograph: Alan Betson

Whether it’s a beef with farmers or at his hospitals, he remains the busiest of Irish billionaires

 Larry Goodman:  reached an agreement last year to buy out Sean Mulryan’s one-third stake, which would give him majority control of the hospital. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall

Goodman associate wants board to replace chief executive Eamonn Fitzgerald

US stocks rose on Tuesday, helped by technology shares, as China stepped in to stabilise the yuan

Markets report: London’s FTSE 100 closes sharply lower, its sixth session in the red

 Irish sales of Domino’s Pizza rose 8.5 per cent in the first half of the year to €35.4 million. Photograph: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

CEO to retire as company hit by losses in European business

Tourists examine sand sculptures in Dublin Castle in 2012. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Caveat Footnote: Tourists from outside the UK being targeted

Murdoch MacLennan, Paul Vickers, Mary Gallagher and Michael Doorly, all of INM, leave the  Four Courts on Tuesday. Photograph: Collins Courts

Court’s rubber-stamping of takeover by Mediahuis starts new chapter for media group

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary introducing two new routes to Bydgoszcz and Gdansk at a news conference in 2007. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Caveat: With his aura of invincibility dimmed, Ryanair chief is well out of his comfort zone

Republic  soccer players Seamus Coleman and Robbie Brady. Three is the biggest sponsor of the FAI.    Photograph: Inpho

Active customer base up by 7% to 2.3m in first half as earnings rise 4% to €98m

INM shareholders last month overwhelmingly backed the Mediahuis buyout

Mediahuis’s €145.6m acquisition of INM was given the green light earlier this week

In his legal letter, Eamonn Fitzgerald said he was approached by Larry Goodman (above) with a buyout offer that would allow him to afford ‘significant lifestyle changes’. File photograph: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Letter to board claims Larry Goodman has agreed to buy out developer Sean Mulryan, giving him majority control of group

Traders work after the opening bell at the NYSE on July 29th. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty

Markets report: Aryzta continues slide in Dublin; Bank of Ireland, Ryanair fall

Gert Ysebaert, CEO and Thomas Leysen, chairman, Mediahuis. The Government must formally approve all media mergers in the State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Belgian group gets the green light ahead of INM application seeking High Court approval

Jorge Mendez with Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldo’s son Cristiano Jr and his mother, Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro,  at a ceremony in 2015 to celebrate Ronaldo becoming Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Former ITI president Michael Mullins appointed to boards of Gestifute’s Dublin cog

William Fry has recruited about eight new partners in the last 12 months. Photograph: iStock

Matheson and DLA Piper among companies partners are moving to

The Longford Forest centre has 500 lodges and apartments, 10 restaurants and cafes, retail outlets, a spa and indoor water park.

Complex with 500 lodges opens to the public on Monday

“Imagine if most businesses didn’t accept cash. A digital footprint of your every move and whim in life would be left somewhere in the cloud.” Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Caveat: Cash we are told is no longer king, but let’s not consign it to history just yet

Shane Lowry with the Claret Jug at Clara GAA grounds. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘I didn’t know if I’d ever be good enough to win something like this,’ says humble champion

Facebook is among the tech giants set to report results this week.

Market report: Facebook, Amazon and Google parent Alphabet set to report results

Institute of Directors in Ireland finds men are much more likely to be approached by a board acquaintance than women.

Institute of Directors warns on gender issues, succession and recruitment for boards

Andrew Keating, announced he was stepping down as chief financial officer at Bank of Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

BoI implies pay may have been a factor in chief financial officer’s decision to leave

The K Club’s parent company made a loss of €3.1 million for 2017. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images)

Hotel and golf course complex owned by Michael Smurfit narrows losses

Seán FitzPatrick: in 2017 a trial judge ordered his acquittal following the emergence of flaws in the ODCE’s investigation. Photograph: Getty Image

Watchdog also reveals fees for inspectors appointed to INM have reached €550,000

Directors Kieran Mulvey and Catriona Mullane at the Independent News and Media  meeting in Dublin on June 26th. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘They’re not even building any infrastructure. They’re piggybacking on most of the infrastructure that we have’

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow: he  said Washington may move ahead with more tariffs on Chinese goods. Photograph: Getty Images

Iseq treads water on thin trading volumes

Ian Drennan, director of corporate enforcement: His office spent €3.7 million last year, or 72 per cent of its budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Annual report shows corporate watchdog underspent due to staff vacancies

The deal will still require the approval of the High Court and the Government.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Denis O’Brien board nominee criticises Google and Facebook for ‘hoovering up’ ad revenue

Andrew Keating, who is stepping down as chief financial officer at Bank of Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Andrew Keating taking up role outside financial services sector

Carpetright said its Irish business had ‘an oversized store footprint which we are looking to reduce as opportunities arise’.

UK group agreed restructuring scheme last year that would close 80 stores and cut jobs

The Mayo family-owned toy retailer this month opened a new Smyths superstore in Munich, bringing its total in the German market to 66. Photograph: Frank Miller/ The Irish Times

Group has completed the rebranding of the region’s former Toys R Us division that it bought last year for up to €79 million

Digicel in Haiti: Among the firms accused by Haitian immigrants in the US of “conspiring” in a “fraudulent scheme” to collect  fees for the government. Photograph: Peter Andrew Bosch/Miami Herald/MCT

Haitians in US claim levies on phone calls and money transfers diverted to politicians

Mark FitzGerald says ‘genius of capitalism’ should be released

Building the future: there is a pressing need to keep a lid on soaring building costs, and that includes labour costs.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Caveat: The best way out of our current crisis is paved with measures upon which the left will chafe

IBM-Cúram had always denied any wrongdoing in the case, and the settlement without admitting liability allows the company to avoid further expensive litigation and draw a line under the matter. Photograph: Getty Images

Dispute arose over Cúram’s involvement in state website that crashed day it was launched

Digicel made no comment on Antiguan prime minister Gaston Browne’s apparent offer for talks to buy out the group’s island operation. Photograph: Ken Cedeno/Digital/Corbis via Getty Images

Prime minister says he offered Denis O’Brien a state buyout to settle legal row

Dermot Desmond: he owns almost 30%  of Mountain Province Diamonds. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dermot Desmond is the biggest investor in Canadian miner Mountain Province Diamonds

Broadcom fell 6.53% after it cut its full-year revenue forecast by $2 billion. Photograph: Mike Blake/File Photo/Reuters

In Dublin, Iseq fell 0.6%, with poor performances from some larger financial stocks

Activists protesting for  safe workplace for garments workers mark the sixth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in April. Photograph: Mamunur Rashid/NurPhoto via Getty Images

‘Fast fashion’ exemplifies consumer attitudes and behaviour conflict

DCC chief executive Donal Murphy last year got an €840,000 basic salary, a bonus of more than €1.3 million, and €722,000 under a long-term incentive scheme. Photograph: Eric Luke

Energy-to-tech group’s chief financial officer paid €2.7m

Credit unions had €13.2 billion on deposit at the end of March,  and many have imposed savings caps. Photograph: Collins

‘Green’ loans should be targeted, respondents say

The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander   and Queen Máxima take part in a tree-planting ceremony, watched by President Michael D Higgins  and his wife Sabina , after arriving at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

First day of visit included round-table discussion on immigration and meeting Higgins

Lidl’s online grocery shopping and home delivery serviceis being extended.

Buymie algorithm matches online orders with the nearest personal shopper

Ryanair already operates six aircraft at its Maltese base under its own brand, servicing more than 60 routes.

Irish carrier believed to be in advanced talks with island’s government to launch Malta Air

Up to €400 million was invested in Rotterdam port last year by authorities to make it Brexit ready. Photograph: Frank van Beek/AFP/Getty Images

State visit next week of king lays groundwork for deeper economic co-operation

Public worries about “compo culture” scams forcing up the cost of motor and other insurance are nothing new. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Caveat: Compo culture is not a recent scam. Vested interests from all sides have fuelled it for years

A Genesys company in California has paid €1.3 billion for a share in Irish company Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories. Photograph: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Cash-neutral transaction ‘normal part’ of efforts to optimise business US group says

Denis O’Brien with Baldwin Spencer, ex-prime minister  of Antigua and Barbuda. Digicel claims the confiscation of its high-speed spectrum would mean “significant mobile disruption”  for 18 months

Denis O’Brien secures injunction against government of Antigua and Barbuda

Aryzta chairman Gary McGann  during the company’s last annual shareholder meeting. The food group was the best performer on the Iseq on Wednesday. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Applegreen shares slide and becames latest company to blame Brexit for poor performance

Sir Anthony O’Reilly, who was declared bankrupt in the Bahamas in 2015, is trying to have his insolvent status rubber-stamped by a Pittsburgh court. Photograph: Inpho

Former Heinz chief executive seeking to have insolvency recognised in US

Glanbia’s Optimum Nutrition division is being sued by a Texan technology company, Symbology Innovations

Texan firm suing Glanbia over use of QR codes on bodybuilding products

KBC research found about 30 per cent of Irish consumers believe Brexit will lead to higher housing costs. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish consumers’ key fear is Brexit will lead to increase in inflation, research finds

The slowdown marks the end of a period of goods and materials stockpiling that took place ahead of the March date originally scheduled for Brexit. File photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Activity slows as firms ease stockpiling with departure date for UK put back

DCC chief executive Donal Murphy. Photograph: Eric Luke

Disposal will ‘sharpen the strategic focus of DCC Vital’, company says

Facebook tumbled 7.4 per cent after reports that the Federal Trade Commission had secured the right to examine how its practices affect digital competition. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

London’s Ftse 100 also bagged gains as investors flocked to defensive stocks

PTSB admitted 42 separate breaches of banking codes of practice, covering mortgages between the years 2004 and 2018. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Central Bank fines PTSB €21m for the ‘unacceptable harm’ it caused customers

Mounting political worries sent sterling lower, helping more internationally focused stocks gain. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Sterling slips on concerns that the next UK prime minister may push for hard Brexit

The fine was levied against PTSB over its treatment of more than 2,000 holders of tracker mortgages

Fine is largest ever issued by the State’s banking regulator

File photograph showing Dutch minister for Foreign Affairs Stef Blok with  Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Stef Blok says he understands Irish concerns but ‘European borders have to be protected’

Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands will visit Ireland for three days  in June. Photograph:  Christoph Soeder/AFP/Getty Images

Three-day State visit by the royal couple to include signing of a new Irish-Dutch double-taxation treaty

A coal fired plant generating power. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Strategy includes increasing forest cover, cutting emissions from power generation, and overhauling carbon tax

Microsoft Ireland Operations revenues rose  from $22.8 billion  to $27.5 billion, a spike of more than 20 per cent. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Filings for Microsoft Ireland Operations show it paid $3.5bn dividend to US parent

It is right and proper that sacking a staff member for alleged misconduct requires employers to conduct thorough, inscrutably fair, bulletproof investigations with proper procedures and opportunities to appeal. Photograph: iStock

Caveat: A lawyered-up worker is what small business owners fear most

Rocket’s  opened its first German outlet in a Center Parcs resort  with a franchise partner,  Areas.

Irish restaurant group targeting franchise growth across Europe

Of the instore transactions that made up the bulk of card sales, 44 per cent of the €7.6 billion was spent on groceries and non-alcoholic beverages. Photograph: Alan Betson

Move to online retail only very gradual, according to study of spending

C&C reported a flat performance in Bulmers, but margins improved and the brand stabilised. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Group reports revenue of €1.57 billion for full financial year

German banks fell 1.6 per cent, with Deutsche Bank tumbling 2.9 per cent to a record closing low. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

US crackdown on Huawei rekindles concerns about worsening global trade

As much as Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe may wish it were otherwise, a rise in carbon taxes is firmly on the agenda for Budget 2020. Photograph: iStock

Caveat: Good luck with handling this one in October’s budget, Paschal Donohoe

Through a range of acquisitions and strategic partnerships with upscale Irish food brands, Dunnes has pursued the higher end of the market

After arrival of German discounters Dunnes chose to make a play on upscale Irish food

BWG’s retail brands  include Mace, XL and Londis, as well as Spar. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The South African parent group told its shareholders it was a “superb performance”

DCC’s  agm, in 2016. The London-listed Irish company is involved in sectors including energy, healthcare and the distribution of consumer electronics. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Diversified fuels-to-technology group reports a 20 per cent jump in operating profits

Shoppers on Henry Street for the Christmas sales. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Fuel sales, considered a good barometer of economic activity, were up 4.5% over quarter

Israeli soldiers stand under pictures of Jews killed in the Holocaust during a visit to the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem’s Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

A protest which risks mistaken impression of targeting Jews should not be supported

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange, on Tuesday, when  stocks rebounded from Monday’s plunge.  Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

In Dublin Ryanair shrugs off a spike in fuel prices to rise by more than 2%

The number of passengers who used Dublin as a hub for connecting flights to other destinations rose to 171,000. Photograph: Eric Luke

About 9.3 million passengers have passed through the airport so far this year

If a mother wants to return to work after a few months so her partner can stay at home until the leave is used up, what business is it of the State to interfere in the efficiency of that choice for a couple? Photograph: iStock

A culture of shared birth leave would help to make the hiring stage a level playing field

Mediahuis CEO  Gert Ysebaert  and Thomas Leysen, its chairman,  in Dublin this week. Photograph; Nick Bradshaw

Belgian company bought newspaper group for little more than price of a long-range private jet

Ikea had sales in the Republic of €181.5m in the year to the end of last August. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Swedish flat-pack furniture giant opts for four zones: North, South, Midlands, London

Sisk   said it was ‘disappointed’ to be removed from the list. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish builder’s ability to win future British state building contracts now in jeopardy

Independent House newspaper offices on Talbot Street,  Dublin. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Denis O’Brien expected to see loss of hundreds of millions of euro from sale

Speakers from the floor at agm excoriate INM board for accepting ‘buttons’ offer

Gert Ysebaert, CEO  (l) and Thomas Leysen, chairman, Mediahuis. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Data breach scandal ‘factored fully into our decision making’ says Mediahuis

Independent News and Media has been sold to Mediahuis. Photograph: THE IRISH TIMES

Shareholders at agm say deal is ‘buttons’ as board criticised

The former finance minister of the Netherlands, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, moved to “phase out” the scheme in 2015. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

System was beneficial because corporation tax in this State is half that in the Netherlands

In London travel group Thomas Cook was up more than 4 per cent, as it announced a boost to long haul bookings. Photograph: Michael Probst/AP Photo

Footsie manages only modest gains, kicking off the week with a lacklustre session

In addition to Kildare Village, above, Value Retail  owns eight other outlets centres in Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany and the UK, including the huge Bicester Village near London.

Value Retail Management Ireland assumes ownership stakes in seven of the eight other European centres

Ardagh’s chairman and chief executive Paul Coulson attributed some of its volume growth to increased sales of beverage cans on both sides of the Atlantic

Increased demand for beverage cans on both sides of Atlantic lifted earnings by 4%

 Fallon & Byrne: has struck a deal with Eir to seek planning permission for a huge extension. Photograph: Eric Luke

Epicurean retail group signs 25-year lease with Eir for city centre outlet

 AIB deputy chair Catherine Woods during the bank’s agm at The Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin. She said pay restrictions were of “concern” to investors. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Caveat: Restrictions on bankers’ salaries example of when populism can be benign

Women’s fashion sales were more than 6 per cent behind the market average, as more female shoppers choose online sellers such as Asos.

Menswear sales rise by 5% but womenswear feels the heat of online competition

CRH finished the session up more than 0.5 per cent to €30.15, after its management update revealed plans for a further €350 million share buyback in coming months

Iseq falls back as AIB and Glanbia among big hitters to issue trading updates

Base operates six high-end pizzerias, mostly around its stronghold of south Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Firm makes bid for Base Wood Fired Pizza as part of effort to become more ‘foodie’

Shane Morris of  Aurora: “Our cannabis isn’t grown by guys in dreadlocks.”

Aurora’s ‘Peppermint Paddy’ leading Canadian firm’s efforts to open up Irish market

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