The ECB's new headquarters in Frankfurt

ECB may make weaker states bear more QE risks

19 Dec European Central Bank officials are considering ways to ensure weak countries that stand to gain most from a fresh round of money printing bear more of the risk and cost.

BPFI says the value of mortgages approved per month in the three months to November was €502m

Big jump in mortgage approval numbers

19 Dec A total of 2,752 mortgages were approved per month, on average, in the three months to the end of November, up almost 53% on the same time last year.

The sixth review of Cyprus' bailout programme has been postponed until January

IMF holds back Cyprus rescue cash

19 Dec The International Monetary Fund held back €86m in bailout funds for Cyprus today after the island's parliament delayed a vote on foreclosure legislation demanded by lenders.

Protesters handed in a massive Christmas card signed by around 1,300 employees

Dunnes Stores workers warn of industrial action

19 Dec The union representing retail workers at Dunnes Stores has said industrial action will be almost inevitable if the company does not accede to their demands for fairer contracts and better union representation.

Samsung says it is actively considering a "special increase" in dividend of between 30-50%

Samsung may raise 2014 dividend by up to 50%

19 Dec Samsung Electronics said it is considering lifting its 2014 dividend payout by up to 50%, its latest attempt to boost its share price in a year plagued by disappointing earnings.