Claire’s Stores Inc. bondholders are signaling their distress as the girls-jewelry retailer’s least- profitable holiday season in five years prompts the company to turn to its third chief executive officer since 2007.
Robert Ireland and John Bryars are from opposite sides of the 40-foot concrete walls that still embody the sectarian divide in Belfast. Fifteen years after a peace agreement was supposed to replace violence with prosperity, they are united only by unemployment.
Hours after Barack Obama stood in Belfast last week praising efforts to bring down the city’s 40- foot barricades, a few hundred yards away Jim Callaghan was stamping out a gasoline bomb tossed near his home in western Europe’s last divided city.
Tesla Motors Inc., propelled by praise from Consumer Reports and plans to build a better battery and expand in Asia, has cemented its place as the highest-flying automobile stock in at least two decades.
Belfast store clerk Chantal McCarthy never thought she would have to find a new home at the age of 57. That was before her husband lost his job as a builder three years ago and their finances spiraled downward from there.
Former U.S. diplomat Richard Haass is returning to Northern Ireland for talks aimed at preventing a repeat of the worst sectarian violence since the 1990s. He will find not much has changed since he left a decade ago.