Visa Europe has announced a new, more secure way for consumers to pay retailers via smartphones, a move that could set the stage for Apple’s Apple Pa(...)

Heather Kennedy, founder of newly launched financial platform GoLolly
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“Birthday gift shopping for kids can be a massive logistical headache despite all the advances in technology that are supposed to have made the planni(...)

Refund may be due for unused blow-dries and gift voucher. Photograph: Thinkstock

In early December a reader called Ros signed up to a package with her local hairdresser to get eight blow-dries for €140. Ros assures Pricewatch th(...)

The Ebay offices in Dundalk. Photograph: Alan Betson
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TODAY Results: Thorntons. Meetings: 2015 World Future Energy Summit (to Thurs, Abu Dhabi, UAE). Indicators: Euro zone current account (Nov); UK Rightm(...)

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Employees at MasterCard thought they saw a drop-off in credit card volume last spring at one of their merchants, a legal services provider. Checking f(...)

By pushing a button on your iPhone, consumers will be able to  make a purchase at one of the thousands of retail locations, including Macy’s or Walgreens stores, using the new service. No wallet, cash or plastic card necessary.(Photogaph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

David Donohue has a tough relationship with his wallet and the items inside it. He has lost his wallet twice in the past year. He has fallen victim to(...)

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Image of the week: Hard Times Tavern Bitter about the budget? Water charges leaving a nasty taste in your mouth? A drink or several at the Hard(...)

Out today: Irish trade balance figures for August
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TODAY Results: Kuehne + Nagel; Omnicom. Meetings: RIAI annual conference (RDS, Dublin). Indicators: Irish trade balance (Aug); Chinese trade balance ((...)

John Donahoe, president and chief executive officer of EBay Inc, said the split would allow each company to focus on its core strengths and challenges. Photograph: Bloomberg News

Ecommerce group eBay is spinning off its PayPal unit as a separate company, handing a major victory to the activist investor Carl Icahn over the futur(...)

The offices of the international operations centre of ebay in Dundalk, which includes Paypal and Ebay. Ebay said today it would spin off Paypal. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

E-commerce giant Ebay said today it will spin off PayPal, its fast-growing payments unit, into an independent publicly traded company in the second ha(...)