British Airways' boss Willie Walsh has made an audacious �860million bid for the Irish airline - where he trained as a pilot - only for his offer to be rejected.
Families can look forward to a bargain Christmas with prices falling at their fastest rate in 12 years. Black Friday and a raft of offers drove retail prices down by 2 per cent in November compared with a year ago, triggering the biggest rise in sales in a decade.
Producers say thousands of jobs are at risk, wages are being cut and fields are becoming uneconomic after the price of Brent crude - the benchmark for oil purchases worldwide - almost halved in six months.
David Cameron has warned Vladimir Putin to heed the "lessons" of Russia's aggression in Ukraine after the president vowed to keep defying the West.
NEW YORK (MarketWatch)�The Swiss franc extended its losses against the dollar and the euro Thursday after the Swiss National Bank said it plans to lower its overnight interest rate to -0.25% in an effort to weaken the franc.