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.
UK retail sales surged in November, growing at the fastest pace in a decade as consumers took advantage of pre-Christmas discounts.
Russian president Vladimir Putin vowed today to fix Russia's economic woes within two years, pledging to diversify the gas-dependent economy and persuade businesses to help prop up the collapsing rouble.
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.
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.