Marks & Spencer ended marginally lower after jumping nearly 8 per cent earlier in the session. The chain reported a plunge in first-half earnings but like-for-like sales growth in its food business. Photograph: Reuters

European stocks scaled a fresh four-year peak on Wednesday driven by a surge in shares of consumer-focused companies that helped offset declines in au(...)

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold in the Roadstone Cement Quarry in Dublin. The company’s share price has been battered in recent months. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A day after Ireland’s largest plc published its latest quarterly update, Mary Rhinehart, who only joined the board last month, stumped up $27,340 for (...)

Wall Street stocks were mixed in a volatile session. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

European shares ended lower after a choppy session, failing to benefit from a positive open to trading on Wall Street. Equity values buckled under th(...)

On the border:  US Customs and Border Protection announced it will begin awarding contracts by the middle of April for Donald Trump’s proposed “great wall” to keep illegal  immigrants out of the US. Photograph: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

CRH’s shares may have surged 15 per cent since Donald Trump’s election on the back of hopes that it will be a chief beneficiary from the Republican’s (...)

Ryanair advances 1.8 per cent, sealing the Iseq’s outperformance relative to the major European indices. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Early turbulence in financial markets gave way to calm and then gains later on Wednesday, as investors reassessed the consequences of Donald Trump’s (...)

Ryanair said net income for the year would be between €500 and €520 million, having previously guided €570 million. The malaise in airline shares across Europe sparked by the Ryanair announcement also dragged down Aer Lingus, which slipped more than 8 per cent ahead of a trading update. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Iseq tracked other exchanges into positive territory yesterday, as European stocks rose to a five-year high on expectations that the European Cen(...)