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  • No2 Irish bank profitable for 1st time since 2008 Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 10:05 AM ET

    DUBLIN— Ireland's second-largest bank, Allied Irish Banks, has returned to profit for the first time since a 2008 property crash pushed the nation to the brink of bankruptcy. Ireland pumped 20 billion euros into Allied Irish to keep it afloat from 2009 onward, eventually acquiring 99.8 percent of its shares.

  • DUBLIN, July 30- Ireland is in the firing line from Washington again for luring U.S. companies to its shores for tax benefits, but despite contrite noises coming from Dublin, it has too much to lose to discourage U.S. firms bent on shifting their tax domiciles.

  • NEW YORK, July 29- Awas, the aircraft leasing company owned by British private equity firm Terra Firma, is working on a break-up that could value the Dublin- based lessor at roughly $13 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • NEW YORK, July 28- Pfizer Inc's vulnerability to cheaper generics and its weak roster of experimental medicines will be on display Tuesday when the company reports quarterly earnings, reviving interest in its pursuit of AstraZeneca Plc or other deals to fortify its pipeline.

  • July 25- AbbVie Inc, which last week announced plans to buy Dublin- based drugmaker Shire Plc for $55 billion, reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results on surging sales of its Humira treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Excluding special items, AbbVie earned 82 cents per share.

  • *Rioforte owes Banco Espirito Santo 220 million euros. The announcement from Rioforte came less than an hour after Banco Espirito Santo, which the family founded, said that two heavyweight U.S. investors had taken a combined stake of almost 5 percent in BES.

  • *Rioforte owes Banco Espirito Santo 220 million euros. The announcement from Rioforte came less than an hour after Banco Espirito Santo, which the family founded, said that two heavyweight U.S. investors had taken a combined stake of almost 5 percent in BES.

  • *Credit Suisse CEO says "potential abuses" in the system. *CEO Dougan says Credit Suisse is working with regulators. ZURICH, July 22- Credit Suisse, one of the biggest players in "dark pools", is working with regulators to stamp out potential abuses in the alternative trading venue, the boss of the Swiss bank said on Tuesday.

  • July 17- Shire Plc and U.S. drugmaker Abbvie Inc plan to announce a $53 billion merger as soon as Friday morning, two people said on Thursday. Dublin- based Shire, which sells drugs for rare diseases, said earlier this week it was ready to recommend a deal to shareholders after AbbVie increased its offer.

  • July 17- Shire Plc and U.S. drugmaker Abbvie Inc plan to announce a $53 billion merger as soon as Friday morning, two people said on Thursday. Dublin- based Shire, which sells drugs for rare diseases, said earlier this week it was ready to recommend a deal to shareholders after AbbVie increased its offer.

  • *NAMA tasked with developing " Canary Wharf of Dublin". DUBLIN, July 16- Ireland said on Wednesday its state-run "bad bank" would repay at least 80 percent of its senior debt two years earlier than forecast in 2016 and unveiled plans for a new business district to rival London's Canary Wharf.

  • Primark: Next stop USA Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 2:30 AM ET

    LONDON/ MADRID, July 16- Discount fashion chain Primark has made its mark in Europe by offering fast-changing fashion at rock-bottom prices.

  • FACTBOX-M&A frenzy transforming global pharma Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 9:27 AM ET

    July 14- Several multi-billion dollar deals and bids have made 2014 a busy year for healthcare acquisitions, despite Pfizer pulling its $118 billion offer for AstraZeneca.

  • FARNBOROUGH, England, July 14- U.S. planemaker Boeing said on Monday leasing firm Avolon had committed to buying six 787-9 aircraft and five additional 737 MAX 9 planes worth over $2 billion at list prices.

  • *AbbVie raises bid to 53.20/ share from 51.15. *Bid comprises 24.44 stg cash and 0.8960 new AbbVie shares. LONDON, July 14- London- listed drugmaker Shire Plc succumbed to an increased 31 billion pounds takeover offer from Abbvie Inc on Monday, signaling the conclusion to a long-running courtship largely motivated by tax.

  • LONDON, July 14- Shire said on Monday it was ready to recommend a new offer from AbbVie after the U.S. firm returned with a fifth bid valuing the London- listed drugmaker at 31.3 billion pounds. AbbVie, which wants to buy Shire to cut its tax bill and diversify its product line-up, made the new offer on Sunday after the Dublin- based group rejected four earlier offers.

  • NEW YORK, July 12- Shire Plc is seeking a higher takeover offer from U.S. drugmaker AbbVie Inc that would value the company at about 31 billion pounds, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • July 11- Medical device maker Covidien Plc said it recorded a pre-tax charge of about $180 million for the third quarter, related to litigation against some manufacturers of pelvic mesh products. Covidien said it was indemnifying the manufacturer on certain claims.

  • By Sergio Goncalves and Laura Noonan. LISBON July 11- Portugal's government and central bank assured investors on Friday that the southern European country's financial system was sound, aiming to quell worry about the spillover effects of trouble at the Espirito Santo business empire.

  • July 11- Medical device maker Covidien Plc said it recorded a pre-tax charge of about $180 million for the third quarter, related to litigation against some manufacturers of pelvic mesh products. The company's two units supplied pelvic mesh products to one of the manufacturers named in the lawsuit and is indemnifying that manufacturer on certain claims.