Shoppers at a Primark store in Berlin.

Fashion retailer announces US expansion plan in deal with Sears

“Le Monde” reported there was a move to consolidate more of its international operations in Ireland. Photograph: David Ramos/Bloomberg

Internet giant plays down speculation it is considering closing Bermudan arm

Chiquita shareholders will vote on the merger on Friday while Fyffes shareholders will vote next Monday. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Advisory group reverses call for shareholders to vote against merger

Telco’s former chief executive quit last month after flotation plans abandoned

Overvalued: the former Jurys and Berkely Court hotel sites in Ballsbridge

Hotel values may be rising at 35 per cent annually in Ballsbridge, but most likely not in Ballycotton or Ballybofey

Paddy Cosgrave (right) at a publicity event for the 2014 Web Summit – 20,000 people are expected to attend the summit. Photograph: Maxwells

US rival had accused Cosgrave of deceptive business practices and unfair competition

Paul McGinley: worked with the course architects on the redevelopment of the golf facilities at the complex. Photograph:   Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Revamped Denis O’Brien course in Quinta da Lago resort

Ronan Dunne: chief exceutive of Telefónica UK

Ronan Dunne is one of those senior corporate executives Ireland didn’t know it had

 Imperial Tobacco was “taken aback” by the 40 cent increase on a packet of cigarettes announced by Michael Noonan. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Government criticised for fuelling a ‘criminal industry’

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