Occupancy rates in hotels in Dublin 1, 2 and 4 are now at 80 per cent to 90 per cent

Average occupancy rate in Irish hotel rooms was 65.9 per cent in 2013

Amazon.com added 2.5 per cent after the company said it was buying video-game service Twitch Interactive in one of its biggest acquisitions.  Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

US shares react well to domestic data on durable goods and consumer confidence

 “One can’t deny that things are improving, but I see at least another 18 months before we see a sustained level of growth in retail.” Conor Whelan at Eason’s flagship store on O’Connell Street, Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Adapting the 127-year-old grand dame of booksellers to the world of modern retailing is a big challenge, admits Conor Whelan

A shopper in Eason on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Retail revenue in its core market was down 5.6 per cent. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Group revenues at Irish-owned book and stationery retailer fall 7.1% to €227m during ‘challenging year’

Waterford has established itself as a suitable base for pharmaceutical manufacturing following the success of Genzyme.

IDA holding advanced talks with major international pharmaceutical company

John Flynn: to argue that Breccia moved against his company too quickly and without proper regard to the underlying loan documentation. Photograph: Collins

Goodman firm Breccia acquired €9m loan from Nama owed by Flynn company

Sian Townsend worked at Google in user research developing the first contactless mobile wallet to allow users buy items using their phones. Photograph: Reuters/Mike Blake/Files

Software firm helps web-based business interact with customers

President Barack Obama wearing the Game Golf device on his waist while golfing on Martha’s Vineyard last week. Photograph: Matthew Healey/Pool/Bloomberg

Game Golf device tracks how US president plays and lets him share data with others

Developer Michael O Flynn: “I didn’t want to be put into this position ever. I just want to go back to doing my business,” he said outside the High Court. Photograph: Collins

Cork developer to pay Blackstone €235m by end of year

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