Japanese inflation hit by oil rates and weak consumer spending

Japan inflation stalls in February

27 Mar Japanese inflation stalled in February with a key measure of prices flat for the first time in nearly two years, data showed today.

Traders fret over the potential for disruptions in Middle East supplies caused by the Yemen crisis

Oil drops after Yemen-driven gains

27 Mar Oil prices fell today after spiking the previous day as Saudi Arabian jets struck rebel targets in Yemen, sparking supply fears in the crude-rich Middle East.

Morning business news with Brian Finn

Morning business news - March 27

27 Mar ECB President Mario Draghi has said there is evidence that creating money to buy bonds is working for the euro zone economy.

A look at some of the business stories in today's newspapers

Today in the press

27 Mar Donald Trump has strongly warned the Taoiseach against selling the State's shareholding in Aer Lingus, claiming it would damage the country's tourism industry and links to foreign direct investment.

EasyJet said the weakening of the euro against the pound was the main boost to its bottom line in the second quarter

EasyJet upgrades H1 forecast on currency boost

26 Mar EasyJet upgraded forecasts for its first-half period, saying it expected foreign currency tailwinds to provide a £20m boost, potentially helping it to overcome a usual seasonal loss.

Ed Mulhall cited several examples of RTÉs reporting during the period

Some RTÉ coverage of boom labelled 'contrarian'

26 Mar The former head of RTÉ News and Current Affairs has told the Banking Inquiry the broadcaster performed its public service role well in the period under scrutiny but it could have done better.

The flywheels are buried in the ground to reduce visual impact and run silently

High-tech energy system to be built in Offaly

26 Mar Ireland is to become the first country in Europe to get a new type of system, which stores energy generated by renewable sources and feeds it back into the smart grid when required.