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A reader called Sinéad contacted us in a state of agitation after being refused a car loan of €10,000. “I am furious,” she writes. “I have been with (...)

A significant increase in package-holiday spending has seen Irish travel agents record “an unprecedented level of booking enquires” in January

Many Irish consumers appear to be spending their way out of the winter blues by splashing out on leisure pursuits such as holidays – with some agents (...)

In Dublin, Ryanair closed up 2.3 per cent, while while Paddy Power, which is preparing a merger with Betfair, was up 1.3 per cent after €240 million worth of its shares changed hands. Photograph:  Nick Ansell/PA Wire

European stokcks rallied on Friday, trimming their worst January drop since 2008. The Iseq rose more than 2 per cent while the FTSE climbed 2.4 per c(...)

High maintenance doughnuts

HOT Happn The dating app pings when you’ve crossed paths with someone. No more expanding into British airspace after exhausting local scope on Tind(...)

The internet spending spree came on the back of November’s Cyber Monday which, Visa Europe said, was the busiest day of the year for online shopping in the Republic. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Consumer spending in the last three months of 2015 climbed by more than 7 per cent compared with the same period in 2014, while online spending rose (...)

PTSB chief executive Jeremy Masding said its aim was to offer “simple banking solutions” to small business owners.

Permanent TSB has launched a new offering targeted at small businesses with fewer than 50 employees and turnover of less than €10 million. It marks (...)

Shoppers on Grafton Street

Consumer spending in November climbed by just under 8 per cent on the same period last year while online spending jumped by more than 11 per cent, acc(...)

Swatch plans to start selling a timepiece that can make contactless payments in the US, Switzerland and Brazil early next year through an agreement with Visa.

Swatch plans to start selling a timepiece that can make contactless payments in the US, Switzerland and Brazil early next year through an agre(...)

Michael Horn, President and CEO of Volkswagen America, reacts to being mobbed by the media at the LA Auto Show last week.

Americans think Volkswagen Group’s US$1,000 no-strings compensation package for Audi, VW motorists isn’t commensurate with the emissions offence, whi(...)

Square chief executive Jack Dorsey. The company priced its shares at $9, resulting in a valuation significantly less than the $6 billion it was valued at in its last private fundraising round. Photograph: Mike Blake/Files/Reuters

Mobile payments company Square is set to make its debut on the stock market, with its $9 shares priced at 25 per cent less than it had hoped. The com(...)