European Union Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP Photo

The European Commission’s notoriously secretive Directorate-General for Competition has wide powers to investigate, including search and seizure in th(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Trust is part of the AIB Group

First Trust Bank, which is part of the AIB group, has been heavily criticised for telling small business owners in the UK they must open an account(...)

UK regulators are reviewing Lagan Cement’s bid to buy the rooftile business owned by the Quinn Group. Lagan Cement, part of the Belfast a(...)

The headquarters of Barclays Plc stand beyond a metal gate in Canary Wharf, London. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

AIB and Bank of Ireland are among a number of banks that may be making it difficult for small companies to access finance in Britain, according(...)

The Office of Fair Trading has alleged three of the UK’s top department stores colluded with manufacturer DB Apparel UK to fix the price of products within sports bra brand Shock Absorber’s range. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Britain’s three biggest department stores colluded with a garment manufacturer to fix the price of one of the nation’s leading sports bra brands, t(...)

The controversial payday lending industry was the subject of a government-led summit on Monday, hosted by consumer minister Jo Swinson. Photograph:  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Payday loan companies pride themselves on being able to approve advances online in less than 15 minutes. So, in the time it takes the British governme(...)