Retail Ireland says figures suggest it will be retailers’ best Christmas for five years. It has forecast a 2 per cent rise in the sales worth €80 million. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire 2:31

Men were out in force in the winter sales too with major retailers expressing surprise at the number of male shoppers hunting for bargains.An unusual(...)

The queue outside JD Sports on Dublin’s Henry Street at 8:30am on St Stephen’s Day  as sales start in many  major stores. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 2:31

A bleak December 26th this year might have persuaded any right-thinking person that venturing outside would constitute reckless behaviour. But you h(...)

Pink lace bra, €42.95, pin lace brief, €27.95, both Elle McPherson. Melita robe with lace detail, €190, Vivis, all from Brown Thomas

This is a time of year when male shoppers set forth for brief encounters in city shops in search of fashion fantasies. “This is the one departm(...)

For about the outlay for a decent laptop, you can get a piece of kit that will automatically find planets, constellations, galaxies and other interstellar ports of call

Forget other people. Instead, think about yourself. For a tech-oriented gift, that is. If you’re making a list and checking it twice, it’s worth lo(...)

This being the second last weekend before Christmas and the height of the shopping frenzy, here’s how to do it in ladylike style before panic sets in

This being the second last weekend before Christmas and the height of the shopping frenzy, here’s how to do it in ladylike style before panic sets in.(...)

Models Teo Sutra, Jonathan Zavala, and Yomiko Chen, are caught by a sudden gust of wind during a photocall to launch the Arnotts Spring Summer 2015 collections , in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Wood Quay Venue behind the Civic Offices – featuring parts of the original Viking walls of Dublin – was the location for a breakfast presentation(...)

Dundrum Town Centre: trade was up on Black Friday. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh 2:13

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving in the US that traditionally heralds the start of seasonal shopping mania there, has become a phenomenon in (...)

Merchandising wars: Christmas shoppers get into the spirit of Black Friday on Dublin’s Grafton Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was sedately busy on Dublin’s Henry Street, as shop workers relished being “rushed off their feet” after spending a long and recessionary time k(...)

Latest buzz in Kildare Village has been the low-key opening of a Kate Spade outlet full of Christmassy ready-to-wear items as well as colourful bag(...)

The Karen Millen stores employ 65 people, trade from nine different locations around the country and are either standalone stores or are operated as concessions within the Brown Thomas chain.

The Karen Millen women’s fashion chain and two associated companies, employing 300, have been given High Court protection to allow them try to trade o(...)