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Food group Glanbia was down 1.7%  to €10.27 by the end of the day

Global equity benchmarks slipped from record highs and oil prices dipped on Friday as weaker economic data in Japan and Europe and concerns that newly(...)

The  National Treasury Management Agency headquarters in  Dublin. The agency raised €5.5 billion in a bond sale earlier this month, with the 10-year bonds priced to carry a negative market interest rate, or yield, of minus 0.257 per cent, meaning our creditors are effectively paying for the privilege of lending to us. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland has in recent years shed its PIIGS status. The slightly offensive acronym stood for Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain – the weakest (...)

The new Chinese regime in Hong Kong has raised concerns about Hong Kong’s future as a global financial centre. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times

US hedge fund Elliott Management is closing its Hong Kong office, becoming one of the first large financial institutions to shutter operations in the (...)

Ireland’s rent prices are the fourth highest in Europe. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland is the 13th most expensive country in the world to live, according to price-comparison website Numbeo. The rankings are based on the average(...)

Some habits learned during the pandemic may be worth holding on to. Photograph: iStock

Looking back on the past year, lockdowns and pandemic restrictions forced many people to start new routines. Work commutes disappeared for many. Fitne(...)

Covid-19 probably arose in a horseshoe bat. But the biological and ecological steps it took to reach humans remain obscure. Photograph: Conor Kelleher

Two factors are increasingly worrying as the world desperately tries to control ever increasing spread of Covid-19: The first is the almost unbearable(...)

Toyota’s new GR010 will be blooded for the first time at the legendary Sebring race track in Florida, for the 1,000km race there on March 19th. Photograph: Volmeyer.com

Toyota, having dominated a somewhat depleted Le Mans for the past three years on the bounce, could have been forgiven for ending its all-day-and-all-n(...)

According to Renault design director Gilles Vidal, the Renault 5 prototype “embodies modernity, a vehicle relevant to its time: urban, electric, attractive”.

French car giant Renault is planning a major overhaul of its business plan that will include the revival of at least two popular models from its past(...)

The Universal Studios Theme Park in Osaka, Japan. Photograph: iStock

Universal Studios Japan postponed the opening of its much-anticipated Super Nintendo World theme park after a worsening spread of the coronavirus prom(...)

A cook wearing a face mask works at a restaurant at a food court in Wuhan. The spike in new cases comes as a World Health Organisation team of experts investigating the origins of the pandemic is set to arrive on Thursday in Wuhan. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty

China posted its biggest daily jump in Covid-19 cases in more than five months on Wednesday, stepping up containment measures that have seen four citi(...)

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