Karen and Darren Gardiner: When Gardiner and his wife opened the first Ground Espresso Bar in 2001 in Coleraine it was more of a ‘hobby’ than a purely business venture he admits.

Latest retail figures this week suggest shoppers are spending less cash in towns across the North this year than compared to previous summers. Perhaps(...)

Marks and Spencer: potential cash return is expected to be underpinned by an improvement in profitability in its clothing after the retailer brought in Mark and Neal Lindsey, the architects of rival Next’s supply chain. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Marks & Spencer is poised to unveil its first increase in full-year profit under the stewardship of chief executive Marc Bolland, paving the way f(...)

 Next, Britain’s second biggest clothing retailer, maintained its annual profit forecast after posting first-quarter sales slightly ahead of its own guidance. Photo: Bloomberg

Next, Britain’s second biggest clothing retailer, maintained its annual profit forecast after posting first-quarter sales slightly ahead of its own gu(...)

Traders work at the post that trades FedEx on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Photograph:  Brendan McDermid/Reuters

European shares hit a 14-year high on Wednesday before a meeting at which the European Central Bank is expected to affirm its loose policy stance, a(...)

The Next shop on Grafton Street in Dublin city centre: the retailer is now concentrating on larger in-town or out-of-town stores. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fashion and accessories retailer Next is to close its shop on Dublin’s Grafton Street and make way for another fashion and lifestyle group Hugo Bos(...)

Next, the UK’s second-biggest clothing retailer, lowered its full-year sales forecast, saying some collections aren’t doing as well as they were a year ago. Photo: PA Wire

Next, the UK’s second-biggest clothing retailer, lowered its full-year sales forecast, saying some collections aren’t doing as well as they were a ye(...)

Highlights will include 10 industrial, retail and office buildings located in Dublin, Galway, Mullingar and Monaghan, with reserves set at more than €800,000.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The first Allsop Space auction of the year may not boast very many trophy homes, but for those on the look out for promising business premises and inc(...)

MacDonagh Junction, Kilkenny – around €17 million for a  50 per cent stake in the core arcade as well as full ownership of a number of other shops and offices on site

Six provincial shopping centres, valued before the property crash at €400 to €450 million are to be offered for sale in one lot at over €115 million.(...)

Unit 3 Merlin Commercial Park, Doughiska, Co Galway. Retail warehouse building. Reserve: €1.85m-€2m. Unit 3 Merlin Commercial Park, Doughiska, Co Galway

The first Allsop Space auction of 2015 on February 18th features 222 properties with a total reserve of more than €40 million.Many of the commercial (...)

Body, €22.99 from New Look; Lace body, €25 from Next; Body by Rosie for Autograph, €60 from Marks & Spencer

Question: I’m going for a weekend away with my new boyfriend. It’ll be the first time we’ll be together, so to speak. He’s never seen me in anythin(...)