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Customers look at mobile phones on display at an America Movil SAB Telcel store in  Mexico.  America Movil said last week it wanted to buy the 70 per cent of KPN it does not already own. Photographer: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg

An independent foundation that can block a takeover of Dutch telecoms group KPN has expressed concern over the proposed €7.2 billion bid by Mexican bi(...)

Ratings agency Fitch has downgraded the ratings on six tranches of Irish residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), saying the absence of a credib(...)

Repossession or the voluntary surrender of homes are likely to be a “last resort” to resolve the mortgage arrears crisis in the Republic, according to(...)

Phone operator Telecom Italia rejected calls for a stock sale. Photograph: Reuters

Telecom Italia, the company created from a merger of Italy’s disparate phone operators two decades ago, risks a downgrade to junk-bond status after re(...)

Lenders will continue to use arrangements such as split mortgages or trade-down products before opting for the last resort of a repossession. Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

Fitch Ratings expects the number of repossessions to rise in Ireland following the enactment of the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act. However, it (...)

Labour figures including Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore argue that a package of the recommended scale is unnecessary. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s has intervened in the budget debate, saying any “significant departure” from the €3.1 billion in committed sa(...)

Ratings agency Fitch has affirmed its manager rating for boutique Dublin-based fund managers Avoca Capital Holdings at “highest standards”. The privat(...)

Ryanair closed up almost a point. Photograph: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

Trading is expected to be thin for the rest of this week as US markets close early today and all of Thursday for the US Independence Day holiday. Stoc(...)

The Allianz arena in Munich. Reinsurer Munich Re is likely to face damage claims of €250 million to €350 million from flooding in central Europe, a bank analyst predicted yesterday, after Allianz pencilled in its own net hit at €350 million.

Reinsurer Munich Re is likely to face damage claims of €250 million to €350 million from flooding in central Europe, a bank analyst predicted yesterda(...)

In a review of the four main Irish banks, Fitch said yesterday it expected the performance of both AIB and Bank of Ireland would continue to track within the stress case scenario of the 2011 Prudential Capital Assessment Reviews.

There are still “significant risks” in the Irish banking system, according to ratings agency Fitch, citing poor asset quality and high levels of non-p(...)

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