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“Keeping it in the family” doesn’t conjure up the image of dynamic and innovative enterprises and nor do the figures on family- run companies. (...)

Fernando Torres scored 81 goals in 142 games for Liverpool FC. In 2011, he was sold to Chelsea for a rumoured £50 million and paid a reported £(...)

Nama-isation was and remains Paddy McKillen’s worst nightmare. Photograph: Max Nash/PA Wire

Having fought a court case all the way to the Supreme Court in 2010 to prevent his debts being transferred to Nama, it is one of the many ironi(...)

The planned sale of 630 UK bank branches by Lloyds Banking Group to the Co-Operative Group has fallen through, leaving state-backed Lloy(...)

British bank Barclays saw first-quarter profit fall by a quarter from a year ago, as a hefty bill for the cost of a restructuring plan by its n(...)

Friends said Rich Ricci, head of investment banking at Barclays, had acknowledged he gave off “too much heat and light” for chief executive Antony Jenkins’s measured tone of management. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Barclays has drawn a line under the Bob Diamond era, ejecting the last two senior executives from his period in charge with the departures of R(...)

Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte expects Bord Gais to start the sale of its energy unit, comprising retail and power generation, "in the coming(...)

A woman jogs past a clothing store announcing discounts in downtown Lisbon. Photograph: Jose Manuel Ribeiro/Reuters

Inflationary pressures eased further in March in the 17 countries using the euro, spurred by a continued downward trend in energy prices, data (...)

A container area at Ningbo port, Zhejiang province. China saw a forecast-busting 14.1 per cent year on year surge in imports which eclipsed export growth of 10 per cent, signalling that domestic demand was gathering the steam needed to drive economic recovery. Photograph: Reuters

Brent crude futures have steadied around $106 per barrel after China's total imports surged in March, suggesting that recovery in the world's n(...)

Alcoa reported first-quarter earnings that exceeded analysts' estimates. Photo: Getty

Alcoa, the largest US aluminum producer, reported first-quarter earnings that exceeded analysts' estimates as demand from airplane and car manu(...)

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