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Growing US joblessness put a dampener on Wall Street. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Markets slumped on Thursday as the European Central Bank (ECB) warned the euro zone economy could shrink 12 per cent while US jobless figures rose fas(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said he was working on a best-case scenario of two to three months in which flights would be grounded and revenues would vanish. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Having triggered the wiping of more than $25 trillion off the value of public companies globally in the past five weeks as it wreaks havoc on health s(...)

The Plumbase sale ‘secures future opportunities for Plumbase, its employees and other stakeholders as part of an enlarged specialist plumbing and heating business,” Gavin Slark, Grafton chief executive, says. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish builders’ merchant and DIY group Grafton has sold its specialist plumbing and heating business Plumbase to UK firm Plumbing and Heating Investme(...)

China’s yuan strengthened against the dollar and its exports unexpectedly returned to growth in July. Photograph: The New York Times

European shares enjoyed their best day in around two months as markets rose on Thursday on good trade data from China. DUBLIN Ingredients and food (...)

Online clothes retailer Asos plunged 23.19 per cent, wiping more than £500 million sterling off its value, after the company warned that profits would slump this year. Photograph: Reuters

Hopes that the European Central Bank could cut borrowing charges failed to lift markets as poor results, profit warnings and economic fears marred sto(...)

Hols Pricewatch

Not long ago a woman got in touch with this page looking for help. She was planning to spend a portion of an inheritance on a once-in-a-lifetime holid(...)

Housebuilders Glenveagh and Cair offer the highest upsides, according to Irish stock market analysts. Photograph: Alan Betson

Stock bargain-hunters out in these early days of January seem to have spotted value in Dublin – home to Europe’s second-worst performing market index (...)

Karma mechanic: Will Toledo aka Car Seat Headrest

Who: Car Seat Headrest What: Indie wunderkind Where: Virginia, US Why: It’s a long time since Jay-Z and Beyoncé were spotted at an indie-rock concert.(...)

Streetscape scarf: Sarah Swan’s Cuba-themed scarf is produced in Italy and digitally printed on fine cotton

Plyhouse can be anything you want The furniture and lighting designer Leo Scarff has come up with a clever multifunctional wooden structure – the Ply(...)

Grafton Group chief executive Gavin Slark said the group expected favourable trends in its Irish and Netherlands businesses to continue. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Builders merchanting company Grafton Group’s chief executive, Gavin Slark, has expressed confidence that the UK home repair and maintenance industry w(...)

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