John Lewis department stores operate a well-worn formula for  this year’s Christmas ad, but there’s nothing cheap about it and certainly nothing gaudy. It is, in fact, just marvellous. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

Christmas is amazing. It’s a full-time marvel. Look at all those angels with bulbs up their gowns! That bristling carpet of fake snow! Cheerfu(...)

Product of the crash: Tesco, SuperValu and Dunnes Stores  have lost out to Aldi and Lidl. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

We see the United States as the cradle of our supermarket culture, but there’s an Irish angle. It was the son of Irish emigrants who opened the doo(...)

Bank of England regulators will publish a 500-page report into what went wrong at HBOS. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

More than seven years after it was bailed out by the British government at the height of the banking crisis, HBOS will once again be dominating the he(...)

Announcing the proposed sales last month, UDG said it would use the proceeds to pay down debt and provide “significant firepower” to support its growth plans

Shareholders at healthcare services provider UDG have backed plans to sell the group’s Irish pharmaceutical distribution businesses to McKesson for €4(...)

Sainsbury’s delivered some welcome cheer from the under-pressure supermarket sector as it increased its profit outlook for the year after narrowing sales falls.

British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s raised its full-year profit forecast on Wednesday after posting a better than expected quarterly performance, ra(...)

Discount retailer Aldi reported a fall in profits as the supermarket price war took its toll on earnings despite sales surging to a new record level.  The firm also said it was moving into online sales in the UK. (Photograph:  Rui Vieira/PA Wire)

The British arm of Aldi plans to launch an online operation, marking the group’s first foray into e-commerce in Europe and opening a new front in its(...)

 Sales at Wal-Mart’s British supermarket Asda fell for a fourth straight quarter on Tuesday, down 4.7 percent to confirm its position as the weakest performer in a sector hammered by the growth of discount retailers

Wal-Mart’s British supermarket chain Asda slumped to its worst quarterly sales performance in the 16 years it has been owned by the US group, with res(...)

Cows being milked. Michael Hanley, Lakeland Dairies chief executive, says the EU failed to recognise the impact of geo-political issues.

The current slump in milk prices may last another nine months, the chief executive of Lakeland Dairies has warned. Michael Hanley said global market(...)

Dairy farmers have warned they are facing a “state of emergency” because of the collapse in milk prices over the past year

German retailer Aldi and British chain Morrisons have agreed to increase the price they pay to British suppliers for milk, bowing to pressure from dai(...)

Sainsbury’s: the deal to buy  the pharmacy business of the UK supermarket chain is expected to be completed  by the end of next February. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Celesio, the Germany-based owner Ireland’s largest pharmacy group LloydsPharmacy, has bought the pharmacy business of UK supermarket group Sainsbury’s(...)