The supply of this season’s must-have toy, Frozen’s Snow Glow Elsa doll, had run out in most shops weeks before Christmas. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Industry group predicts bigger-than-usual discounts in post-Christmas sales as shops clear unsold stock

The Residential Property Price Index indicated prices across the State rose by 0.5 per cent in November.

New figures show prices nationally are still continuing to rise

Chief executive Patrick Coveney said the sandwich maker was operating in a highly competitive sector and that its pay rates were in line with industry norms.

Greencore boss says its pay rate are fair in the context of a competitive industry

Patrick Coveney chief executive of Greencore: ‘We’re operating in an industry where retail prices for products are falling and we have to be very competitive on all the components that go into our costs.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Irish Times

Chief executive Patrick Coveney gets 160 times more than lowest-paid

Ulster Bank staff will receive a once-off pre-Christmas payment of €700 as part of the deal. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Agreement will see staff get first pay rise in more than three years

Recession or no recession, study finds Ireland tops Christmas spending league

Food waste occurs in many ways such as when farmers dump ugly vegetables or supermarkets dump unsold stock

Food waste conference organised by EPA’s Stop Food Waste campaign hears of progress

Heineken beer on sale at the bargain price of €2.95 at the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Dublin bar owners were concerned the UK chain was getting a preferential price

CSO report details importance of smaller businesses to economy

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