Retail sales fell modestly in October, but remain substantially higher than a year ago. Photo: PA

Retail sales volumes decline by 0.8 per cent in October, up 6.9 per cent on annual basis

Shane Murphy and Darragh Kirby and pitched online group travel and activity booking platform, Groopeze. Photo:  Shane O’Neill.

Turning gaps in the market into business opportunities was the theme in Dublin

Origin chief executive  Tom O’Mahony. The agri-services group  has reported a slower start to the 2016 financial year. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

First quarter revenues decline 5.5 per cent to €300 million at agri-services group

Workers collect customer orders during Black Friday deals week at an Amazon fulfilment centre in Hemel Hempstead, England.

Research finds just 35 per cent of Irish SMEs with a website can process payments online

Air Canada Rouge, the leisure brand of Air Canada, is to begin operating direct flights between Dublin and Vancouver from next June.  Photo: Reuters

New services from Dublin to Hartford in Connecticut and LA also to begin next year

Private equity fund Carlyle Cardinal Ireland has finalised the terms of an investment in Abtran.

Investment understood to be the biggest by the fund in an Irish company to date

 Eurazeo plans to pay up to €335 million to buy 90 per cent of Irish group Fintrax, the world’s second biggest player in processing tourist VAT refunds.

Fintrax management will retain the remaining 10 per cent of the company

Out Tuesday: Irish retail sales (Oct). Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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Pharmapod founder Leonora O’Brien: she will be  speaking at a start-up event organised by the DCU Ryan Academy and Global Invest Her

Men said to be 70% more likely to gain access to investments than women

While 87 per cent of respondents said they felt positive about the economy, 64 per cent believed there was not enough support  for  struggling  businesses

Almost a third cited shortage of talent, finds EY Entrepreneur of the Year survey

DPD Ireland chief executive Brendan O’Neill. DPD has launched Parcel Wizard, a service that allows Irish shoppers   to order from UK websites.

Irish customers to be given ‘virtual UK address’, then DPD will readdress parcel to consumer’s home address

Schlumberger, the world’s number one oilfield services provider, is to cut  37 jobs from its  plant in Antrim, as it focuses on controlling costs amid   falling oil prices. Photograph: Atef Hassan/Reuters

Job losses reflects downturn in oil and gas sector and plummeting crude prices

Cork-based Voxpro, founded by Dan and Linda Kiely, is expected to announce several hundred new jobs this afternoon.

Bon Secours hospital group also expected to make jobs announcement in Cork today

Sir Anthony O’Reilly, the businessman often said to be Ireland’s first billionaire, is  applying for bankruptcy in the Bahamas today. Photo: PA

Former billionaire has been resident in Lyford Cay in the Bahamas

The building materials giant’s stock climbed 5 per cent to close at €26.76. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

CRH makes gains after management statement showing sales up 16%

Located in the 200-year-old vaults below the chq building in Dublin’s IFSC, the vaults includes a 100-person events space, meeting and conference rooms, a bar and space for hot-desking.

Some 8,000 square feet of event space has been developed in vaults below chq building

Eugene Smyth, investment manager with Dublin BIC, which manages the AIB Seed Capital Fund, and Paul Glynn, chief executive of Davra Networks

Davra Networks to create 20 new jobs before the end of 2016 after securing AIB funding

 Peter Simpson and Aisling Ryan in the new Open Gate Brewery. Photograph:   Maxwells

Enthusiasts will be able to try beers not yet available

Applegreen shares rose 3.9 per cent

Applegreen and Aryzta best performers in Dublin as Kingspan comes under pressure

A survey of the 600 business leaders in attendance at the PwC forum found 39.7 per cent had experienced a cyber attack in the last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Phishing methods such as fake emails becoming more sophisticated

John Lunn of  Braintree: “Who enjoys shopping for toilet paper? No one. Why not just let a machine do that for you?” Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile/Web Summit

John Lunn believes in a world where lightbulbs will re-order themselves before they blow

 easyJet: results out Tuesday.  Photograph:  Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images
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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. The US company employs 500 in Ireland. photograph: justin sullivan/getty images

Analysts are forecasting earnings per share of $0.05, up 350 per cent

Former advisor to Australian government to talk about cyber espionage

Former International Monetary Fund mission chief to Ireland   Ajai Chopr:   He described Mr Trichet’s letter on the eve of the 2010 bailout to the late Brian Lenihan, then finance minister, as a “gratuitous” measure. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Former IMF chief accuses ECB of putting protection of its own balance sheet first

Best Menswear entered examinership in July following the closure of Clerys.

Company was owed more than €1.5m following closure of Clery’s department store

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi has said economic risks to the euro zone are “clearly visible”, paving the way for further monetary easing.

ECB ‘did not break rules’ pushing Ireland into bailout

Grafton chief executive Gavin Slark. Grafton has reported a rise in revenues to £1.87 billion (€2.64 billion) for the ten months to October 31. Photo: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Builders’ merchant group reports revenues of £1.87bn for first ten months of 2015

Teamer chief executive Robert Mattar Robert Mattar and Club Website co-founder Richard Stenson

Acquisition will significantly increase digital media reach in UK, company says

Bluemetrix  chief executive Liam English said the company was looking for Linux experts, adding that they will receive a further 18 months of training in Hadoop.

Big data and analytics firm signs partnership with Hortonworks

Rani Daly: Virtual assistant agency Miss Moneypenny is catching wave of interest in service in Ireland.   Photograph: Don Moloney/Press 22

Small Business Inside Track Q&ARani Daly, founder of virtual assistance business Miss Moneypenny

Volkswagen was the most popular car brand in Ireland last month, with 473 new cars licensed, despite the emissions scandal.

Volkswagen remains most popular car brand in Ireland despite emissions scandal

Dublin-based healthcare search engine has acquired the UK’s largest dental booking website

Acquisition will fast-track WhatClinic’s move towards real-time booking

KSG chief executive Brian Hogan, winning EY award for industry entrepreneur of the year in 2013. The Hogan family has offered DCC €6.54 million for its stake in KSG.

Family seeks 100 per cent ownership of catering services company Kylemore Services Group

Out Monday: German balance of trade (September). Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
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Alexander Knoll’s Ability App helps people with disabilities search for disability-friendly locations, businesses and employment opportunities. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Start-up successes at the summit included a smart umbrella and car diagnostic device

 High flier: Jonathan Nicol, chief executive  of Stratajet, at the Web Summit  in  Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Stratajet founder Jonathan Nicol used some of firm’s seed capital to buy his own aircraft

Dan Brown: author  will take to  the Society Stage at 3.15pm, to speak on whether science will kill God. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dan Brown’s keynote address to explore intersection between tech and spirituality

 Michael Dell: ‘My little start-up has had revenues of more than $900 billion’.  Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Michael Dell on growing the PC maker from college dorm room to billion dollar company

Web Summit in Dublin: a hunting ground for start-ups. Photograph: Eric Luke

A total of 1,000 investors and 2,100 start-ups will be in attendance at tech conference

Startup Boat founder Paula Schwarz: ‘The people who come are already entrepreneurs, in that they take their fate into their own hands.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Berlin-based Paula Schwarz uses network and experience to build ‘Migration Hub’

Eric Migicovsky of Pebble will be on stage at 1.30pm

Others include speakers from Pebble, Fanduel, Ponder, Misfit and Gilt Groupe

Roisin Hynes , managing director, and Graham Hynes, operations director, of GradPush, at the Web Summit 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Carlow-based start-up in private beta but hoping to launch video service for recruitment

 Draper Esprit partner Brian Caulfield: “Anybody who predicates their investment strategy on finding the next Facebook or Google is a lunatic.”

Forget about finding the next Facebook: it’s primarily about commercial evidence of success

Irish entrepreneur and Handy co-founder Oisin Hanrahan on stage at the Web Summit in Dublin last year.

Oisin Hanrahan says funding will be used to increase Handy’s presence globally

Richard Hulskes of Wevolver with robots at the Web Summit in Dublin last year. Photo: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Start-ups, investors and Michael Dell on the biggest deal in tech

Audi: results out today.   Photograph: Akio Kon/Bloomberg
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Yanis Varoufakis: will talk at Kilkenomics about how the Germans  behaved while he was minister for finance

Yanis Varoufakis and David McWilliams will talk about Greece’s ECB experiences

 Paddy Cosgrave, founder of the Web Summit looks on  as the Taoiseach Enda Kenny rings the bell signaling the opening of the NASDAQ, with Adam Kostyal, head of listings Europe, NASDAQ, at last year’s Web Summit. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Speakers include Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger and Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield

Delevoper Michael O’Flynn: said “planning has become a lot more complicated than it should be”. Photograph: Alan Betson.

‘We’d do anything in Ireland to avoid tax’, Michael O’Flynn tells banking conference

Banking & Payments Federation (BPFI) president Bernard Byrne

BPFI president Bernard Byrne says allowance could help address capital gap

Niall Harbison: a creditors’ meeting for PR Slides, which has since rebranded as PicStash, will take place on November 12th. Photograph: Eric Luke

Online image library was headed by entrepreneur Niall Harbison and model Emma Jane Power

 Ryanair aircraft at Dublin Airport: the airline fell 2.4 per cent to €13.40 yesterday. Photograph: Andy Eain/EPA

Stock markets fall globally and bond yields rise as all eyes stay on Federal Reserve

Apple: results out on Tuesday. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images
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Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey: called recent performance “unacceptable”. Photograph: Bryan Thomas/The New  York Times

Jack Dorsey hopes for turnaround while iPhone sales will be scrutinised

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, Accenture FinTech Innovation Lab programme lead Sinéad Barry and Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash

Accenture’s FinTech Lab hits Dublin and tech start-ups get to ‘meet the makers’

With broadband speeds getting faster, technology costs going down and the cost of connecting decreasing, the internet of things is on the growth curve

Technology giants are not the only companies moving into the internet of things era of smart devices

Boeing: results out on Wednesday.  Photograph: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov
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The data-storage company has agreed to be acquired by PC maker Dell for $67bn. Photograph: Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images

EMC employs more than 3,000 people in Ireland

Last year’s overall winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year was Mark Roden of mobile payments firm Ding.

More than 1,400 business leaders and entrepreneurs expected to attend event

Beats Medical CEO Ciara Clancy (centre left) after being named the European winner of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.

Beats Medical CEO named laureate for Europe at a ceremony in Deauville, France

David Finn, chief executive and founder of AmaTech. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

AmaTech created the contactless payments industry but went bust in 2002: now it’s back

The value of Irish exports fell by 1 per cent to €8.6 billion in August while goods imports dropped by 6 per cent to €4.9 billion.

CSO figures show goods imports dropped by 6 per cent to €4.9 billion

ChannelSight operates in 37 countries globally and is working with brands such as Cadbury, Oreo, Philips and Veet.

Investment will be used to scale operations in Europe and the US, and build partner network

Three of Dublin’s biggest taxi firms have joined forces to launch a new app that allows users to order, track and pay for their taxis through their mobile phone or smart device.

Collaboration aims to provide a ‘more professional and higher quality taxi service’

Budget Day: Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform  Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will announce the budget on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times
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Michael Noonan: has confirmed that the unloved USC will be reduced. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Irish Tax Institute says we can expect tax cuts of between €600m and €750m tomorrow

Model Yomiko Chen wears a hat by Marie-Claire Ferguson and jewellery by Melissa Curry at the launch of the Arthur Cox fashion showcase. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Data Edge also hosts free seminar to examine 4G data challenges in Ireland

 Gareth Lambe, head of Facebook Ireland, at the company’s Dublin HQ. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Gareth Lambe oversees Irish unit that services 83% of social network’s global users

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde. The International Monetary Fund has lowered its forecast for global economic growth in 2015.

Washington-based organisation highlights further slowdown in emerging markets

 Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton the hires will help drive the company’s ambitious plans for further international growth. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

IT professional services company to expand its cloud centre of excellent

iZest chief executive Jenny Taaffe . The Irish strategic marketing company  has expanded into the US and Qatar.

Under new deals Dublin-based company expands into US and Qatar

Aryzta’s annual report, published this morning, shows a decline in the salary of Owen Killian from 6.1 million Swiss francs (€5.5 million) last year to 1.6 million Swiss francs (€1.6 million) this year. Photo: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Compensation package for food group executive team drops by almost €10 million

Passenger numbers at Ryanair rose by 12 per cent to 9.55 million in September, versus the same month a year earlier.

Rayanir hit a new milestone in July when it carried more than 10 million passengers

easyJet: trading statement out Monday
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Data: difficult to explain

Buzzwords like hyper-converged infrastructure, software-defined architectures and flash storage explained

 Patrick Grehan of Dare Technology, Martin Wall, Manager of the Entrepreneur Ship, Ireland’s first innovation centre for marine and energy startups and companies and S/Lt. Richard Chute of the Irish Naval Services.

Startup Gathering is one of the biggest national start-up weeks in the world

Computerised cars: “When cyber attacks cross from stolen credit card details to car accidents, there is a physical threat which is a concern for people and governments,” says Intel Security general manager Chris Young. Photograph: Ingo Wagner/AFP/Getty

Motorists’ safety at risk as increasingly computerised cars may be hacked

Looking to the future: William McNamara of Bank of Ireland; Michael Moriarty of Enterprise Ireland; Dawn Walsh of Kernel Capital; and SwiftQueue chief executive Brendan Casey.

Healthcare appointment software group plans to expand into international markets

Louise Phelan, vice-president global operations EMEA at PayPal , is among the business leaders who are joining the Focus Ireland sleep out

More than 50 business leaders set to take part in Focus Ireland sleep out

Speaking at the Construction Industry Federation annual conference, Louise Phelan said the rental situation has reached a crisis point and could impact on foreign direct investment

Housing shortage hitting FDI, says payments company

SGI will use the funding to support the development of a global science gallery network.

Dr Michael John Gorman to step down as chief executive officer next year

Twitter is to move to a 85,000 sq-foot office in Dublin, signing a 20 year lease for Cumberland House. Photo: Bloomberg

Social network agrees 20 year lease for Cumberland House at €4.6m per annum

Accenture Ireland managing director Alastair Blair said the company has made significant investments in Ireland over the years, employing 1,800 people here.

Management consultancy firm to invest in a new centre for innovation in the capital

Wolseley led the drop, falling 12.5 per cent, after it forecast North American industrial markets will be challenging, and the UK heating industry will remain competitive. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

CRH down 3.5% while Kingspan plunges 5.28% on foot of Wolseley results

Phil Bradley has been named as Axa Ireland’s new chief executive in succession to John O’Neill.

John O’Neill will retire from the position of CEO at the end of the year

Retail sales volumes decreased by 4 per cent last month, when compared with July 2015, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Sector with largest monthly increase was furniture and lighting which rose 13.2%

HTC: results out on Thursday.   Photograph: AP Photo/Wally Santana
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Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Media founder is “delighted” to bring the company to Ireland with the UPC rebrand

Virgin Media is a part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international cable company

Ireland rugby star Jamie Heaslip and Holly (4) at a photocall for the Techies4TempleStreet tech trail which is aiming to raise funds for Temple Street Children’s Hospital

Techies4TempleStreet aims to raise in excess of €1 million over three years

Mobacar founder and chief executive Mike Webster. He said the partnership “will disrupt a stagnant non-data driven industry”. Photograph: Norman McCloskey

Auto Europe lead investment to value Irish company at €20 million

Owen Killian will resign as chairman of Origin Enterprises in October, having held the role since the business was launched in 2006. Photo: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Swiss-based company sells 29 per cent stake in Irish agri-services group

Stefan Gerlach is to step down as the deputy governor of the Central Bank. Photo: Frank Miller/THE IRISH TIMES

Mr Gerlach plans to return to Switzerland to pursue other interests

Origin warned that poor conditions in the farming sector worldwide would affect demand in future.

Swiss-based food group set to sell more than 36 million shares

Ryanair also performed badly, falling 4.28 per cent to €13.19. Photograph: Alan Betson

Volkswagen’s emissions test-cheating scandal rattles Europe’s carmakers

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is to speak at the Kilkenomics economics festival. Photo: Bloomberg

Ex-minister will give insider account of how he came to be at helm of Greece’s economy

Salesforce cofounders Marc Benioff and Parker Harris at Dreamforce 2015: Harris dressed as “Lightning Man” to promote the company’s new service for app developers, Lightning. Photograph: Jakub Mosur

Co-founder Parker Harris is proud of what his firm has done and still plans to do

Managing director Liam McCaffrey: said he expected jobs announcements and investment in the coming months. Photograph: Collins

Company’s manufacturing facilities are in Fermanagh and Cavan

Dublin-based clinical research group Venn Life Sciences has acquired Kinesis Pharma for a total consideration of up to €6.5 million.

Dublin-based clinical research group reports first-half revenues of €4.29 million

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