“Overall, retail sales have turned a corner and are back on a growth path, although off a very low base”

Survey shows consumer spending contributed to economic growth for first time since crash of 2008

Bank of Ireland: ‘We never ask for personal banking details such as account numbers and pins’

Plus, Meteor finally agrees to replace a faulty Samsung mobile phone

Love/Hate: Shopping online is fast and easy (although sometimes, perhaps, too fast and too easy). Illustrations:  Getty, Thinkstock

Online shopping turns 21 this year, but Irish consumers have been slower than others to do their buying on the web. They’re quite (...)

New research from the Central Bank shows half of all mortgages taken out in 2007 were still in negative equity in the middle of 2014. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Prices fell by 1.4 per cent nationally in January. Is that good or bad news?

Thousands of Samsung smart TV users in Ireland were unable to access online services such as Netflix and Youtube. Photograph: Reuters

Irish users were unable to access online services such as Netflix and Youtube

Motorbike fanatics are now able to get the ultimate send-off thanks to Massey Bros funeral directors, who have   purchased Ireland’s first Harley-Davidson hearse in response to growing demand.  Picture  shows John Gibson of Massey Bros on a customised Harley-Davidson Electra Glide hearse, with Massey Bros business manager Peter Maguire in front. The  hearse will make its debut at the Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show  this weekend at the RDS. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Massey Bros funeral directors unveiling Harley-Davidson Electra Glide hearse

Houses in Gordon Street in Dublin with the Gasworks apartment complex in the background. Figures released on Wednesday by the CSO suggest property prices in Dublin suffered their   biggest monthly fall in three years in January.

Figures from the CSO show prices in Dublin fell 1.9% in January and by 1.4% nationally

Elizabeth Arnett: “Landlord and tenants can confirm details at any time.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Numbers registering in rental sector significantly less than among owner-occupiers

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