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Bank of Ireland  chief executive Richie Boucher is to  leave the role he has held for eight years. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

European stocks dipped for the fourth time in five days, widening a weekly decline and moving further away from a 15-month high which they reached ju(...)

The New York Stock Exchange. US stocks rose in early trading on Thursday as investors snapped up beaten-down bank stocks ahead of a vote on a healthcare bill that is seen as president Donald Trump’s first policy test. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Financial companies helped European stocks rise higher as lenders borrowed more than double what was forecast under the European Central Bank’s last t(...)

In Britain, a drag on overall first-quarter economic growth now looks all but certain unless March sees an unprecedentedly large jump in sales, according to the Office for National Statistics.

British retail sales in the three months to February recorded their biggest slide in nearly seven years as higher fuel prices eroded shoppers’ disposa(...)

Next, which issued a profit warning in January, said it made underlying earnings before tax of £790.2 million in the year to January 2017.

Next is “extremely cautious” about prospects for the year ahead, it said on Thursday, as it reported a 3.8 per cent fall in annual profit. The clothi(...)

As Theresa May’s trigger finger gets itchy – article 50 is due to be activated by the end of the month – the lion’s share of intrigue will be  on how the next two years might alter Irish-UK trade relations. Photograph: Bloomberg

MONDAY Results: YouGov Indicators: Euro zone labour cost index and wage growth (Q4) Meetings: Girls in Tech launch event (Bank of Ireland, Grand(...)

Shares in Next have fallen by 21 per cent so far this year, following a profit warning from the retailer in early January.

Grafton Group’s chairman of six weeks, Michael Roney, has been picked to hold the same role at under-pressure clothes retailer Next from August. Mr (...)

On the basis that affordability and availability of new homes are the key drivers for buyers, new policy measures to stimulate both these requirement(...)

Next has set out its expectations for the 2017-2018 year, predicting a pretax profit range of £680-£780 million, below analysts’ average forecast.

Next cut its profit forecast for the current financial year after a poor Christmas and warned of a further decline in 2017-2018, sending shockwaves th(...)

A London Stock Exchange sign sits on glass in the atrium of the London Stock Exchange Group’s offices in London.  Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

The Iseq index of Irish shares rose on the first day of trading in 2017 to its highest level in almost a year, recovering some of the ground lost last(...)

Many of the traditional post-Christmas sales this year are actually starting pre-Christmas. File photograph: Hannah McKay/EPA

With Christmas coming earlier every year and Irish retailers apparently in perpetual sales mode, it is perhaps unsurprising that many of the tradition(...)

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