In the €9 billion grocery trade, the two big stories of 2013 were the alarming fall-off in Tesco’s Irish sales, and the relentless onwards march of the German discounters Aldi and Lidl. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The retail sector was the laggard of the Irish economy in 2013. Consumer sentiment may have risen to a five-year high on the back of the nascent econo(...)

The A Wear shop on Dublin’s Grafton street. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Fashion retail chain A|Wear has gone into receivership, with at least some of its 31 Irish outlets and nine UK concessions set to close. Ken Fe(...)

The rescue plan being proposed for the A|Wear chain of more than 30 fashion outlets, which secured interim examinership this week, includes ramping up(...)

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(...)