Conor Langford, Visa’s country manager for Ireland
, Visa Europe
, at the presentation of the firm’s annual results. Photograph: Eric Luke

Spending on Visa debit, credit and prepaid cards increased by 83 per cent to €21 billion in Ireland last year. This was driven largely by the migratio(...)

MICHAEL FASSBENDER: Chelsea ankle boots with Gore-tex, €295 at Dubarry (dubarry.com); aviator sunglasses, €3 at Penneys; Enduro sweatshirt, €126 (£120) by Barbour at House of Fraser; organic dry-denim jeans, €100 by Nudie at mrporter.com.

When it comes to finding style inspiration, women have the pick of the celebrity bunch – but there are plenty of well-heeled A-list men out there to t(...)

Hickey’s Pharmacy, Grafton Street, Dublin. An action by the Hickey pharmacy group and its owner Patrick Hickey aimed at preventing their loans valued at up to €45 million being included in a portfolio of €900 million loans offered for sale by the liquidators of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation has been withdrawn on confidential terms at the High Court.

An action by the Hickey pharmacy group and its owner Patrick Hickey aimed at preventing their loans valued at up to €45 million being included in a po(...)

In the €9 billion grocery trade, the two big stories of 2013 were the alarming fall-off in Tesco’s Irish sales, and the relentless onwards march of the German discounters Aldi and Lidl. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The retail sector was the laggard of the Irish economy in 2013. Consumer sentiment may have risen to a five-year high on the back of the nascent econo(...)

Brown Thomas on Grafton Street: “We’re going to put in a new beauty hall,” managing director Stephen Sealey said yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Irish retailer Brown Thomas is planning to spend up to €9 million next year refurbishing the ground floor of its flagship department store on Grafton (...)

Geoff Scully: “We’ve had an amazing Christmas. Sales since the start of November are up 20 per cent on last year.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Geoff Scully, the managing director of online and catalogue retailer Shop Direct Ireland, thankfully is not wearing a Christmas jumper when we meet in(...)

Attire for dribbling babies.

Luxurious bath robeFrequent trips out of your bed are unavoidable when there’s a baby in the house. So look for the softest, cosiest, dressing gown yo(...)

Blue snakeskin stilettoes, €245 by Lucy Choi at Seagreen; Versace’s Crystal Noir eau de toilette, €43 for 30ml at Boots; River Island’s bouclé coat, €120, comes in cream, baby pink and (pictured) a rich raspberry; Whistles Limited calf-hair satchel, €490

Buying for the woman in your life is a challenge – one that’s often compounded by the strong impression that she already has everything she needs. Chr(...)

Apollo Global Management is understood to be in final negotiations to acquire the debt at a price said to be about 40 cent in the euro of the face value of Arnott’s debt.

A private equity investor is close to acquiring a €230 million group of loans owed by Arnotts, the leading Dublin department store, to IBRC, the forme(...)

A €230 million group of loans owed by Arnotts, the leading Dublin department store, is to be sold to Fitzwilliam Finance Partners Investment Ltd. Photograph: Alan Betson

KPMG, the special liquidators of IBRC, the former Anglo Irish Bank, are on the brink of selling the loans of some of the best-known names in Irish bus(...)

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