RBS offshoot paid £7.5m dividend
RBS's DUBLIN asset management offshoot paid dividends of £7.5m (€9.1m) to its British parent company last year, despite making profits of just £3.4m and income dipping £3m to £52m.
RBS-AM (Dublin) paid no dividends in 2008.
Aviva Re wrote £62.1m in first year
REINSURER Aviva Re wrote £62.1m (€75.1m) of premiums in its first 54 weeks of business to the end of last December -- ahead of expectations. The group's fledgling hub for life reinsurance has eight staff, which is expected to increase further by the end of the year.
Green and clean opportunities
MAJOR opportunities in the green and clean-tech sectors between Ireland and Nigeria were identified by the Irish Exporters Association at an international business conference facilitated by the Nigerian ambassador to Ireland, Dr Kema Chikwe.
Bibby posts 24pc rise in business
BIBBY Financial Services, which supports SMEs across a range of industries in Ireland, has recorded a 24pc growth in new business year-on-year, bringing its total client-base to 4,738 -- an increase of 16pc on the previous year -- and a group profit of £19m (€23m).
EU/US expand 'open-skies' deal
EUROPE and the US have signed an expanded airline 'open-skies' agreement, but the key new goal of removing restrictions on cross majority ownership of carriers still faces major hurdles.
Durable goods orders up 0.9pc
ORDERS for computers and machinery in the US climbed in May, showing gains in global business investment and demand that will give the US economy a lift. Bookings for durable goods, excluding autos and aircraft, increased by 0.9pc, the third gain in four months.
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