Poundland has about  600 stores in the UK, Ireland and Spain and plans  60 new shops a year over the next two years in the UK and Ireland. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Poundland’s proposed purchase of discount rival 99p Stores is set to go ahead after the antitrust watchdog backed off from a finding the merger might (...)

A screen shows the final tally for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, yesterday.  Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

World stock markets tumbled towards their worst week of the year yesterday and commodities got another kicking, as more alarming data from China sent(...)

Laura Wade-Gery  attends the WIE50 Power Breakfast at the London Stock Exchange. Photograph: Getty Images

Laura Wade-Gery, Marks & Spencer’s most senior female executive, chose the company’s AGM to let her colleagues know she was planning to take so(...)

Joan Burton may still be a fan of JobBridge but most would prefer to see it scrapped

Is it time for the controversial JobBridge internship scheme to be wound up? The Department of Social Protection announced earlier this week it was to(...)

Carphone Warehouse outlet in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New network iD is set to shake up the Irish mobile market, with individually tailored plans it hopes will be popular with consumers. The mobile pho(...)

 Lidl and Aldi face growing pressure to pay milk suppliers in the Republic more after they last week agreed to pay UK farmers  a minimum of 28p a litre, up from an average of 23p. Photograph: Ulrich Baumgarten/Getty Images

Discount retailers Lidl and Aldi have failed to specify whether they will pay increased prices to milk suppliers in the Republic following similar (...)

 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(...)

As a Dubliner with no farming or nursery-keeping background, Tom O’Hanlon stood out among his peers studying horticulture at Warrenstown College in(...)

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(...)

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(...)