German chancellor Angela Merkel: ready to ditch a balanced budget? Photograph: EPA

News that the German government could ditch its balanced-budget rule and take on debt to stave off recession boosted European markets on Friday. DUBL(...)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson is determined to lead Britain out of the EU before facing an election.

There were rumours this week that British prime minister Boris Johnson – hell bent on leading Britain out of the EU before he faces the electorate – m(...)

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

US stocks rose on Tuesday, helped by technology shares, as China stepped in to stabilise the yuan. European shares finished lower, weighed down by tr(...)

Smurfit Kappa, led by chief executive Tony Smurfit, is ‘very disappointed’ by Italian fine. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Cardboard box maker Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG) said on Tuesday its Italian unit has been fined €124 million as authorities in the country found that 50(...)

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

Gains in oil heavyweights amid heightened tensions in the Middle East helped London’s main index hold steady on Monday. European shares ended flat as (...)

The late Howard Kilroy, who served as governor of Bank of Ireland’s court of directors from 1991 until 2000. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish businessman Howard Kilroy has died aged 83. He was best known as the chief financial officer of the Smurfit Group during a period of major inter(...)

End-of-year figures for property sales show a slight cooling-off in the otherwise upward trajectory for asking prices. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Monday Indicators: Irish construction PMI (Jan); UK manufacturing and industrial production (Dec), GDP (Dec), construction output (Dec), business inv(...)

Photograph: iStock

Paper and packaging manufacturer Smurfit Kappa has opened a new plant in Mexico, strengthening its presence in the region. The plant, based in Tijua(...)

Gary McGann at the Pendulum Summit. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Veteran business executive Gary McGann, who was a director of Anglo Irish Bank when it collapsed a decade ago, has conceded that the bank’s board at t(...)

Dermot Smurfit: announced that he was stepping down from the board of Dublin-listed funds company ML Capital. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Dermot Smurfit has said cardboard box-making giant Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG), founded by his father, was “absolutely right” to resist a takeover appro(...)

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