Nearly 25 years after McDonald’s delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company could be banned from selling some of its signature products.


Ross McEwan: Private equity one 'option'.

Talks on takeover of Ulster Bank start

Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Ross McEwan has confirmed that there have been negotiations with private equity firms over a possible takeover of Ulster Bank.


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Newspapers see revenue fall for second year

The publishers of the Irish Daily Mail and Irish Mail on Sunday have seen revenues decrease for the second successive year.


Vodafone numbers decline by 34,000

Vodafone Ireland saw its Irish mobile customer base fall by 34,000 in the second quarter of the year, bringing its total to slightly more than 2.1m mobile customers in the Irish market.


Medical firm’s Irish unit pays €4m tax

The Irish arm of medical technology firm Becton Dickinson — which employs only three people here — last year paid corporation tax of €4.2m on revenues of €1.17bn.


Ulster Bank reports €69.5m profit

Ulster Bank’s operating profit for the first six months of the year was £55m (€69.5m) compared with a £381m operating loss for the same period last year following a huge decrease in impairment charges.

 Matteo Renzi: Italy's prime minister admitted for the first time in an interview this week that 2014 GDP is unlikely to rise as much as the 0.8% estimated by the government in April. Picture: PA

Italy’s €10bn tax cuts to low-income earners will ‘help avoid contraction’

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s €10bn of tax cuts to low-income earners will allow Italy to narrowly avoid a contraction this year, his chief economic adviser has said.


UK economy surpasses its pre-crisis level

Britain’s economy is finally bigger than it was before the financial crisis struck six years ago, official data showed yesterday.