Macy’s shoe department on Black Friday: head to the seventh floor  to pick up a card that lets you off the New York sales tax. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

So the Irish are flocking back to New York to do their Christmas shopping? Apparently, and according to research by Expedia.ie, there’s an 84 per cent(...)

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(...)

New York is a city of neighbourhoods so choose the right one to stay in

Most frequent visitors to New York City tend to stay in the same hotel, usually in Midtown Manhattan, with the Irish favouring Fitzpatrick’s on Lexing(...)

Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com. Amazon is said to be planning to open its  first physical store. Photo: Bloomberg

Amazon is taking over an entire building on 34th Street across from the Empire State Building, according to construction and real estate executives, r(...)

Gap is just one retailer who is hoping that its latest styles, which include zippered sweats and capri track pants, will encourage women to buy more. (Photograph: Bloomberg)

It shouldn’t be hard to kill skinny jeans. After all, women love and loathe them in equal measure. Three years ago, clothing merchants tried to snuff (...)

Many customers still are not feeling comfortable about spending more in an uncertain economic environment, says Macy’s chief executive, Terry Lundgren

US retail giant Macy’s cut its full-year same-store sales forecast, after second-quarter sales failed to make up for weakness in the first quarter whe(...)

In Europe, stocks rose to their highest levels in a week, although Ireland lagged slightly behind the trend

A global gauge of stock markets rose as investors were cautiously optimistic about a possible de-escalation of the conflict in the Russia-Ukraine b(...)

 Home Depot Inc reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit today as it kept a tight lid on costs to offset weak sales, sending shares in the world’s largest home improvement chain up 3 per cent. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Consumer confidence fell more than forecast in February as growing concern about the US economy’s direction outweighed improving perceptions of(...)

 Men’s Wearhouse  store on 6th Avenue in New York.  Men’s Wearhouse shares rose nearly 3 per cent. Photographer: Craig Warga/Bloomberg

Men’s Wearhouse mounted a hostile $1.61 billion bid for Jos. A. Bank Clothiers in an attempt to break the resistance of its smaller rival and pacify i(...)

Christmas is a time of miracles – or so the holiday songs and cards say. Setting aside that technology itself can seem miraculous (Do you remember the(...)