LinkedIn reported its slowest growth in quarterly online ad revenue in more than two years.

LinkedIn forecasts weak quarterly profits

07.59 LinkedIn forecast first-quarter revenue and profit below Wall Street estimates as growth slows in its ads business and its hiring services face pressure outside North America.

Foxconn has been given preferred negotiating rights for the deal with Sharp

Most points of Foxconn-Sharp takeover deal agreed

11.54 Taiwan's Foxconn is aiming to finalise a deal to acquire Japan's Sharp by the end of the month, after the two firms reached a consensus on most points, Foxconn's chief executive Terry Gou said.

German industrial orders decline by 0.7% in December

German factory orders slip in December

07.36 German industrial orders, a key measure of demand for goods in Europe's top economy, declined in December, weighed down by falling domestic and euro zone demand.

Morning business news with Adam Maguire

Morning business news - February 5

11.43 More than 35,200 new dot-ie domain names were registered last year - an increase of 13% on the 2014 figures, new figures from the IE Domain Registry show.

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

Today in the press

15.03 A UK property fund is to targeting doctors' surgeries and HSE clinics in a wave of investment in Ireland.

The European Commission reduces its 2016 growth estimate for the euro zone to 1.7% from 1.8%

EU cuts euro zone growth forecasts

04 Feb The EU today cut its euro zone growth forecasts for this year, warning that the slowdown in China and Europe's biggest migrant crisis since World War II posed real risks.

Commercial crude stockpiles in the world's top oil consumer - the US - soared by 7.8 million barrels last week

Oil rises on dollar, potential producer meeting

04 Feb Oil extended a rally above $35 a barrel today, adding to the previous session's 7% jump, as support from a weaker dollar offset concern about ample supply and record-high US inventories.