The New York Stock Exchange: Switch  jumped by almost half in its trading debut after raising $531m in an initial public offering, the third-biggest technology IPO this year in the US. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

European shares rose for the fourth consecutive week on Friday as confidence over the region’s economic recovery outweighed worries over the Catalonia(...)

UDG Healthcare employs over 8,000 people across its operations in 23 countries. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Dublin headquartered UDG Healthcare has acquired a healthcare communications agency for up to $75.8 million (€63.8 million). US-based MicroMass commu(...)

Ryanair lingered at the lower end of Ireland’s benchmark index on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Shares in Europe and the United States rose on Wednesday, but Asian markets fell and gold neared a one -year high on investor concern about tensions o(...)

Novartis estimates that only 600 patients a year would be eligible for its new $375,000 therapy. Photograph: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

Novartis’s new gene-modifying cancer therapy’s $475,000 (€399,100) per patient sticker price has drawn fire from advocate groups calling for cheaper d(...)

Iseq heavyweight CRH ending Wednesday 1% lower at €29.16. Its stock has been weak since late May when it was trading at €34.86

Media stocks weighed on European markets on Wednesday, led lower by sharp declines in advertising giant WPP after it cut sales forecasts on weakening (...)

According to a Global Shares statement, growth has been driven by new contracts with company’s including Irish Life, GSK and Italian insurance company Generali. Photograph: iStock

Financial technology company Global Shares plans to create 80 new jobs over the next 24 months. The west Cork-based company’s plans come “due to a r(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: prices are expected to have the biggest overall influence on the airline’s performance. Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen

THIS WEEK JULY 24th Monday Results: Ryanair Holdings, Alphabet, Christian Dior, Halliburton, Hasbro, Hyundai Indicators: Euro zone composite, man(...)

GlaxoSmithKline building in Hounslow, west London: GSK, one of Britain’s two Big Pharma firms, decided to abandon plans for a new manufacturing plant in Ulverston in Cumbria. Photograph: Luke MacGregor GlaxoSmithKline building in Hounslow, west London: GSK, one of Britain’s two Big Pharma firms, decided to abandon plans for a new manufacturing plant in Ulverston in Cumbria. Photograph: Luke MacGregor

In a week when the UK’s Eurosceptic international trade minister Liam Fox suggested the British economy could easily manage without a trade deal with (...)

New York-headquartered media buying agency Mediavest has rebranded globally to become Spark Foundry. The Irish rebrand will take effect immediately, the company said Wednesday. Photograph: iStock

The Irish unit of media communications group Mediavest has rebranded as Spark Foundry as part of a global rebrand by its parent group as the agency sh(...)

John Murray and Simon Jackson of Modern Botany, at home in west Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Dr Simon Jackson picks out little details in the buildings as he walks to the pharmacy department in Trinity College Dublin. “Those circular patterns (...)