Standard Chartered's credit rating has been downgraded by Standard & Poor's for the first time in 20 years because of a downturn in the group's performance and concerns over its rising exposure to credit losses.
Electricity generators Drax Power and Intergen have paid fines for failing to fund energy-saving measures for households in low-income areas.
Parking lots at some shopping malls filled up around the country on Friday, as shoppers kept up the tradition of scouring stores for holiday deals even though some retailers had been open on Thanksgiving and even overnight.
Michael Noonan: I've defined what the squeezed middle is in money terms. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times. Patrick Logue.
Workers speak above an electronic information board at the London Stock Exchange in the City of London January 2, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Paul Hackett.