The acquisition  of Arnotts  is a major signal of confidence in the Irish economic recovery story from one of the world’s most professional retailers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The acquisition by Selfridges of Arnotts on Monday might have been well flagged but it nonetheless represented a major shot in the arm for the retail (...)

Arnotts: Selfridges Group acquired the 172-year-old Henry Street business on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irishman Paul Kelly says he has “long admired” the Dublin department store Arnotts and on Monday he got the opportunity to shape its future when Selfr(...)

Break time: A shopper off her feet in the furniture department. Photograph: The Irish Times

1843 – The store that is now Arnotts opens for business at 14 Henry Street having been set up by George Cannock and Andrew White. 1845 – Bankers Andre(...)

 Arnotts, Henry Street, Dublin.  Selfridges has bought the city centre department store for an undisclosed sum. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ciarán Hancock Dublin department store Arnotts has been acquired by the Selfridges Group, the high-end UK retailer owned by successful Canadian busin(...)

Closure leaves questions about 48 direct jobs and a further 30 to 35 positions with various concessions

Noel Smyth’s Fitzwilliam Finance Partners blamed the fact that it could not find a retailer willing to take on Dublin department store, Boyers, for it(...)

Barry Ryan Snr and Niamh O’Connor, who drowned off the Cork coast, and Barry Davis Ryan, who is still missing.

Barry Ryan (51), who drowned off the coast of Baltimore in Co Cork, and his son Barry Davis Ryan (20), who is still missing at sea, are the son and gr(...)

 Shelly Corkery, fashion director for Brown Thomas. Photograph: Alan Betson

For every applicant for a shop floor job in Brown Thomas, there are hundreds who want to skate straight in as a fashion buyer. Ideally in a flippy (...)

Arnotts is trading well,  with operating profit of  €12.5 million for the year to the end of January 2014. Photograph: Alan Betson

The battle to take full control of Arnotts department store in Dublin is set to intensify in coming weeks, as its two rival shareholder blocs step (...)

L&R, which owns the Intercontinental hotel, formerly the Four Seasons, in Dublin’s Ballsbridge, was recently brought on board by Mr Smyth to fund his bid. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

London & Regional, a property company owned by the UK billionaire Livingstone brothers, has replaced Brown Thomas owner Galen Weston as backers of(...)

Brown Thomas: could find itself with an even more direct rival on its hands across the Liffey. Photograph: Eric Luke

Despite the fact that its owner is no longer directly involved, the stakes are high for Dublin department store Brown Thomas in the ongoing talks betw(...)