UK's CMA has published a provisional verdict on Ryanair request

UK watchdog stands firm on Ryanair ruling

17 Apr The UK's Competition and Markets Authority said it would not change an order for Ryanair to sell down its 30% stake in Aer Lingus because of IAG's proposed bid for the airline.

This weekend's G20 meeting - along with spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank - takes place in Washington DC

G20 leaders strike hopefully tone in communiqué

17 Apr The Group of 20 leading economies have struck a hopeful tone on the outlook for global growth even as officials fretted that Athen's inability to strike a deal with its lenders could upset Europe's recovery.

MSD employs over 2,000 people across its five sites in Dublin, Carlow, Cork, Tipperary and Wicklow

MSD to invest €11.5m in Carlow site

17 Apr Healthcare company MSD is to invest €11.5m in its Carlow site this year, which the company says will significantly enhance its facilities and services.

Global Shares develops software for managing companies' employee equity plans

Cork technology firm creating 80 jobs

17 Apr A technology company based in Clonakilty in west Cork has said it plans to more than double its workforce within the next three years through the creation of 80 jobs.

Crude prices had collapsed over 50% between June and January due to oversupply and weak demand

Oil market slides before weekend break

17 Apr World oil prices dropped today as investors locked in profits following a six-day rally, with a rise in OPEC's output in March also adding to downward pressure.

Morning business news with Conor Brophy

Morning business news - April 17

17 Apr The European Central Bank says its monetary stimulus programme is working. It is spending €60 billion a month buying assets from banks, thus making huge amounts of cash available for lending.

Netflix passes the 40 million member mark in the US and the 20 million mark internationally

Netflix membership surges past 60 million

16 Apr Netflix last night reported an unprecedented jump in subscribers in the first quarter of this year, pushing the streaming television service membership above 60 million.