Breege O’Donoghue, outside Penneys, Mary Street, Dublin. ‘I couldn’t contemplate retiring. I love what I’m doing and I’m in love with Primark.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Where might most of us be when we are about to turn 71? Playing golf, perhaps, if we’re lucky enough to still have good health. Or maybe enjoying time(...)

AB Foods met forecasts with a 2 per cent fall in first-half profit as growth at its discount fashion chain Primark was offset by continued weakness in its sugar operation. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Associated British Foods has edged down its full-year earnings guidance on foreign currency concerns, it said on Tuesday.The firm met forecasts with a(...)

Fashion by definition is about transience and Irish and international fashion will each have their own turns in the spotlights this year. Yesterday, I(...)

Traders work at their screens in front of the German share price index DAX board at the stock exchange in Frankfurt yesterday. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

Markets rose amid hopes that the European Central Bank’s (ECB) €1.14 trillion stimulus plans will spark economic growth in the region.Analysts said t(...)

 H&M, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer, saw higher sales growth than expected in December, helped by strong collections and colder weatherPhotograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Hennes & Mauritz, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer, saw higher sales growth than expected in December, helped by strong collections and(...)

The latest supermarket ad tracker data shows Tesco has upped its advertising massively in the Irish market – by more than 100 per cent – so it won’t lose top billing without a fight. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Whisper it but, facing into 2015, there has been an outbreak of hope within the retail industry. After seven years of fretting across the retail sp(...)

 A lone shopper sits outside a Primark clothing store. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Increasingly erratic weather is driving European clothing retailers to buy goods more often and closer to home, rather than relying on seasonal collec(...)

Shoppers at a Primark store in Berlin.

Mark Paul, Business Affairs CorrespondentPrimark, the Dublin-headquartered retailer that trades in Ireland as Penneys, has struck a deal with the depa(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks during the opening of a Primark store at Alexanderplatz in Berlin, Germany, last week. Photograph: Britta Pedersen/EPA

Another storming performance from Penneys and Primark prompted owner Associated British Foods to raise its annual earnings guidance on Thursday, after(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny opens a new Primark store in Berlin this morning.  The opening of Primark in Alexanderplatz has had a substantial local economic impact with the creation of more than 800 new jobs, bringing the total number of people employed by Primark in Germany to over 6,100. 1:36

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was given a rock-star welcome worthy of David Hasselhoff himself when he arrived to open a new Primark store in Berlin this morni(...)