Kauai is balmy year-round, with a constant light breeze that means it never feels unbearably hot

As our flight took off from San Francisco International Airport and headed west over the Pacific, leaving the great landmass that is North America (...)

Pinterest displays a new ‘buy’ button for its application at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, California. Pinterest said it is diving into e-commerce with ‘pins’ that let people buy items they like at the popular online bulletin-board. (Photograph: GLENN CHAPMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Pinterest, the online social scrapbooking service, has long claimed to help people discover new things in the real world. Soon users will be able to (...)

A Michael Kors store in New York. The company reported its slowest quarterly revenue growth since it went public in December 2011 as demand for its handbags and accessories weakened in North America. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

Michael Kors Holdings reported its slowest quarterly revenue growth since it went public in December 2011 as demand for its handbags and accessories w(...)

Paul McNulty: ‘I don’t employ someone unless I have enough money in the bank to cover their salary for a year.’

That grumpy but lovable ogre Shrek may have made kids happy and Disney rich, but indirectly he is also responsible for creating 26 jobs in Donegal. Th(...)

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(...)