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The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq touched all-time highs on Thursday as investors looked past bleak economic data, while remaining focused on a Covid-19 vaccine, with the blue-chip Dow getting a boost from Boeing shares. Photograph: AP

European shares ended little changed on Thursday, as a surge in material stocks and Rolls-Royce helped counter downbeat business activity data from th(...)

Unilever brands include Hellmann’s mayonnaise, Dove soap and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Photograph: Newscast/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Unilever’s Dutch shares are trading in Amsterdam for the last time on Friday, before a unification of the group’s dual-headed structure that aims to p(...)

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands on a visit to Willemstad, Curacao, some years ago: The former Dutch colony is essentially a customised playground. Photograph: Patrick van Katwijk/Getty

Nobody wants to lock down for Christmas, but the idea that the Netherlands is about to allow a surge of its holidaymakers to take off in pursuit of wi(...)

Dublin home-buyers need 17 times the average annual disposable income to purchase a basic home. Photograph: Alan Betson

Big crises tend to accelerate big trends. Think of how the current one has accelerated the shift online. A bigger-than-ever segment of the population (...)

Moody’s said Covid-19 has triggered a severe economic downturn in Europe, with economic activity contracting “on an unprecedented scale and unemployment rising”.

Housing affordability across Europe will worsen for young and low-income groups after Covid-19, Moody’s has warned. The rating agency says the pandem(...)

A courtroom sketch by Elisabeth de Pourquery shows defendant Ayoub El Khazzani sitting in a dock of the Paris Courthouse in Paris, France. Photograph: Elisabeth de Pourquery/AFP via Getty Images

A suspected jihadist gunman has gone on trial in Paris on terror charges for moving through a train in 2015 with an arsenal of weapons and shooting on(...)

The German stock exchange. The ZEW economic research institute said German investor sentiment fell more than expected in November on concerns over a second lockdown.

European shares held near eight-month highs on Tuesday, riding a wave of optimism about a Covid-19 vaccine breakthrough, although concerns about the p(...)

Berlin’s Central Station: The German authorities went to purchase 10 million face masks online from a legitimate company in Spain, but scammers had cloned the company’s website. Photograph: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/ Bloomberg

A Roscommon businessman who served as the unwitting middleman for an international €15 million face mask scam is unlikely to face criminal charges. T(...)

Dublin is ranked 17th in Europe and 26th worldwide in terms of most expensive accommodation, with a median hotel price of €121 for a one-night stay.

The average cost of hotel and holiday accommodation in Dublin has fallen by 25 per cent as a result of the pandemic. According to tour operator Derto(...)

Gabriel Makhlouf: “There is a whammy from the pandemic that is hitting particular sectors hard and then we have the added whammy of Brexit.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Republic will be the euro zone’s biggest loser from a no-deal Brexit, which threatens to cause an economic “double whammy” on top of the fallout f(...)

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