European stocks advanced today after fluctuating between gains and losses to head for their biggest four-day rally in more than two year.
With Christmas coming and this being the last column of the year, it's time to look back at some of the big and more of the lesser spotted moments of 2014
French President Francois Hollande floated the prospect of scaling back sanctions on Russia, becoming the first major European Union leader to offer to ease the Kremlin’s economic pain.
Building materials company CRH has announced the appointment of Pat J Kennedy as a non-executive director to its board.
Dunnes workers have warned of industrial action of their demands for more job security and better representation are not met.
The terms of reference for the Commission of Investigation into allegations of Garda malpractice in Cavan and Monaghan between 2007 and 2010 have been published by the Government.
More than 2,700 mortgages were approved per month, on average, in the three months ending November 2014.
European shares reversed early gains as as Italian banks came under pressure from a downgrade by S&P and Swiss drug maker Roche saw two major drugs fail tests.
Irish wholesale prices rose by 0.3 per cent in November and were up by 0.6 per cent from November last year, the Central Statistics Office said.
Irish engineering group Mincon said it has purchased the 25 per cent stake it does not own in Mincon Rockdrills USA from Jones FT for $2.42 million.
Permanent TSB is considering raising as much as €400 million in a share sale, more than double the amount indicated by the company last month.
In an interview with the Sunday Business Post in October, Willie Walsh talked about Michael O'Leary, life in London and whether Aer Lingus was a takeover target for the company.
Davy Stockbrokers said it believed a further bid from IAG for Aer Lingus was likely as such an offer had "strategic merit" for the British Airways owner.
German consumer sentiment hit its highest level in eight years heading into January as shoppers expect Europe's largest economy to gain momentum, a survey showed on Friday.
L'Oréal and Unilever were among 11 companies fined €951 million by France’s antitrust regulator over allegations of a conspiracy to rig the prices of products like shampoo.
Earlier this year, Dalata's Pat McCann said he planned to use the proceeds of the company's flotation to buy up to 25 new hotels. This week he started to deliver on his promise.
China revised the size of the economy by $308.8 billion (€250.8 billion), adding almost the entire output of Malaysia.
Kenny presses ECB To attend bank inquiry, Aer Lingus shuns takeover bid by former chief Walsh and NAMA plans bonuses as "thank you" to developers.
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After a six-day tumble, European stocks climbed the most in three years and regained more than half their losses today.
Russia’s financial crisis is slowly yet surely spilling into Europe.
Aer Lingus shares have jumped after British Airways owner IAG said the Irish airline had rejected a takeover offer.
German business confidence rose for a second month in a sign that Europe’s largest economy is overcoming the weakness it hit earlier in the year.
The Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) has announced a major new programme aimed at companies that are on course for a stock market listing within the next five years.
The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) has completed the early repayment of €9 billion of IMF loans, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said today.
European shares advanced for a third day, led higher by energy-related stocks and financials after the Federal Reserve said it would take a patient approach toward raising interest rates.
The Central Bank has identified a number of weaknesses in how investment firms provide information on costs and charges to consumers.
Europe's top court has ruled that obese people can be considered as disabled, meaning that they can be covered by an EU law barring discrimination at work.
Planning permission was granted for 2,144 dwellings in the third quarter, a 52 per cent increase on the same period in 2013, the CSO said.
Feargal O’Rourke has been appointed managing partner at PWC Ireland.
A High Court judge has rejected an injunction to prevent the government from selling shares in Permanent TSB pending an EU court ruling on the state’s 2011 takeover of the company.
Irish people took 2.5 million domestic trips in the third quarter, down 1.9 per cent on the same period of 2013, but overseas trips rose by 2.1 per cent to 2.2 million, the CSO said.
The National Asset Management Agency has repaid 55 per cent of its outstanding senior debt two years ahead of schedule and plans to redeem 80 per cent of the debt by 2016.
The Swiss National Bank imposed the first negative deposit rate since the 1970s as the Russian financial crisis and the threat of further euro-zone stimulus put pressure on the franc.
Barack Obama and Raul Castro will begin normalising relations between the two nations, a deal brokered by Pope Francis and aided by the generational shift in the Cuban-American community.
Sony Pictures cancelled plans to release “The Interview” on December 25, handing a victory to cyber terrorists who broke into its computers and threatened violence against film fans.
Vladimir Putin has few good options other than pointing the finger at the US and its allies as he seeks to stem the panic sparked by the collapse of the rouble.
Aer Lingus Regional said passenger traffic grew by two per cent in November to 88,973, its 17th consecutive month of growth.
US Federal chair Janet Yellen restored clarity to the central bank’s monetary policy plans, saying it was on course to raise interest rates, although not right away.
Irish tax regime faces fresh scrutiny, Dáil passes Water Services bill and burglary figures rise for sixth week in a row.
It’s estimated that wind farm owners lose up to 10 per cent of their daily revenues through energy losses. NovoGrid wants to fix the problem.
What's happening in the business world over the next few days.
New lending to SMEs stood at €2.1 billion in the year to June, €200 million higher than in the year to December 2013.
European stocks resumed losses today, led by banks after the Stoxx 600 snapped a six-day losing streak yesterday.
Six years on from the banking guarantee, the banking inquiry is finally up and running.
NAMA said today it will redeem another €500 million of senior debt, bringing the total redeemed amount of senior bonds this year to €9.1 billion.
UK unemployment fell in the three months through October and earnings growth outstripped inflation for the first time since March as the labour market continued to recover.