The study  showed that the “hot beverage category”, covering coffee chains and garage forecourt hot drinks sales, rose by close to 8 per cent. Photograph: Getty

Many segments of the retail industry – ladies fashion, footwear and garden centres – bounced back strongly in the second quarter of the year when comp(...)

At least 17 retailers are lining up bids for court protection from their creditors, after new laws to introduce cheaper “examinership-light” circuit c(...)

Shoppers  queue outside the Brown Thomas store on Grafton St,  Dublin this morning. Photograph: Brown Thomas via Twitter

The St Stephen’s Day sales will see shoppers out in force today as retailers try to recover from a lower-than-expected spend in the run up to the 25t(...)

Spending on Christmas shopping will be down this festive season, according to Retail Excellence Ireland. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Spending on Christmas shopping will be down this festive season, according to retailers.Retail Excellence Ireland claimed customers are being cautious(...)

Bernie Darcy  selling Christmas wreaths on Moore Street, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Whisper it but the retail trade is ever so slightly kicking its heels in the air and crossing its fingers that the weather will be as kind as busin(...)

 Brendan Ogle (right) secretary of the  ESB Group of Unions. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The likelihood of industrial action at the ESB before Christmas will be determined by management’s “attitude and position” in negotiations on Thursday(...)

ESB voiced concerns about their pensions, on the street outside the ESB headquarters in Dublin last June as the annual general meeting took place inside.Photograph: Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The ESB has been warned it could lose more than 40,000 business customers if it fails to prevent a strike over employees’ pensions in the run-up to Ch(...)

ISME chief executive Mark Fielding said today’s budget would go some way towards helping Ireland to regain its competitiveness. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Reaction from the business community to today’s budget was mixed. The retention of the 9 per cent VAT rate for the hospitality sector was broadly welc(...)

Fashion chain A|Wear  entered interim examinership this week in an attempt to get the costs of its upward-only leases written down. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government has given the green light for fast-track legislation to facilitate low-cost Circuit Court examinerships for small businesses.The move c(...)

The Awear store on Grafton Street, Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Not another one. That was the general reaction this week when it emerged that the fashion retailer A|wear has entered interim examinership, buckling u(...)