News round-up: top stories Friday midday

* 25 EU leaders sign fiscal compact. * Home care firm to create jobs. * SME lending toughest in euro area, says Central Bank. * Ryanair buys back shares.

2nd March, 2012
Top business stories at midday

These are this morning's top business stories:

* **EU leaders** including Enda Kenny have signed the EU fiscal compact, pending ratification; event hailed as "milestone" by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Juncker to drop role as president of the EuroGroup..

* **The Fiscal Treaty:** 5 things you should know.

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