While the market share of Irish-owned retail firms has declined, the new entrants, such as H&M, Zara and Ikea, have brought variety and competition to the Irish retail sector, driving down prices

If you walk around the main shopping districts of Dublin, Cork and Galway, many of the shops you see are part of UK-based retail chains, such Marks &a(...)

Wall Street stocks were little changed on Thursday evening after a raft of mixed quarterly earnings and the slide in oil prices kept investors on the sidelines.

European shares fell slightly on Thursday after the European Central Bank kept rates unchanged, with Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson and Fren(...)

Marks & Spencer: the retailer rose today, extending a rally from yesterday when its results beat forecasts

Global equity markets bounced, paced by a jump in oil prices today, but were still on track for a weekly decline. The Iseq rose as stocks on Wall St(...)

Matt Healy: switches to fullback in the absence of Tiernan O’Halloran. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Grenoble v Connacht Challenge Cup quarter-final Stade des Alpes, 8.05pm (Irish time) Live BT Sport Europe Connacht just can’t stop hogging th(...)

The new directors join as Twitter seeks new routes to growth. Photograph: Reuters

Twitter has appointed UK internet entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox and Pepsi’s chief financial officer Hugh Johnston as directors, as the messaging platfo(...)

Ryanair: airline closed down nearly 1 per cent to €13.30 as the stock continued to be affected by lower oil prices. Photograph:  Alan Betson

European stocks fell for the fourth time in six days on Thursday led by declines in banks and carmakers. Already the worst performers among industry (...)

British retailer Marks & Spencer has reported another fall in quarterly underlying sales in its clothing division, illustrating the extent of the challenge facing its new boss.

British retailer Marks & Spencer has reported another fall in quarterly underlying sales in its clothing division, illustrating the extent of the (...)

Steve Rowe takes charge at M&S at a difficult time for the retail industry. Photogreaph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Steve Rowe marked his first day as chief executive of Marks & Spencer last Saturday by spending the day working at the same M&S branch in Croy(...)

Managing director Kevin Sheridan told The Irish Times that while the company had reported a loss for 2014, it had bounced back into profit the following year.

Sheridans, the artisan cheesemongers, saw its fortunes reverse in 2014 as it posted a €58,098 pretax loss, versus a €52,383 profit the year before. T(...)

Giant Cosmic Egg: Artisan luxuries such as these have always surfaced at roughly this time of year. The difference, now, is that consumers don’t have to hunt them down in specialist enclaves

In the age of extreme food, chocolate has lost the run of itself. Take the Giant Cosmic Egg, made for Marks & Spencer by Earth’s own Lir Chocolat(...)