Christmas shoppers contributed to the largest quarterly retail rise since 2007. Photograph: Eric Luke

The retail sector enjoyed its largest quarterly bounce since 2007 in the final part of last year, according to new figures from Retail Excellence I(...)

 Exiles player James Acton who is now living in France, pictured with his sister Denise Acton who now lives in Australia, after The Exiles v Tuam Stars charity game in Tuam. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

No sympathy, no injuries, just “very high quality” play. Seán Murphy had three simple aims when he and fellow members of the Tuam Stars GAA football c(...)

The supply of this season’s must-have toy, Frozen’s Snow Glow Elsa doll, had run out in most shops weeks before Christmas. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Despite the improved economic outlook, consumer spending in the run-up to Christmas has been “softer” than expected, according to Retail Excellence(...)

Retail Excellence Ireland (REIis predicting that sales this December will be up on last year.

Retail Excellence Ireland (REI), an industry lobby group, is predicting that sales this December will be up on last year but will fail to spike in the(...)

David Rawle and Chris O’Dowd in Moone Boy

Old friends Chris O’Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy have written a book as a prequel to their popular TV series Moone Boy. The book, The Blunder Years(...)

Retail Excellence Ireland is giving its best Grinch impression

Santa Claus may have arrived at Blanchardstown over the weekend but Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) is giving its best Grinch impression. The industry(...)

Retail Excellence Ireland said the third quarter was the first quarter in seven years to show three consecutive months of sales growth. Menswear and home appliances showed the strongest growth.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government’s hints over the summer that the budget would be the first in six years to not hit people’s pockets paid dividends for retailers, with (...)

Savills Ireland says retail rents in  core urban areas are starting to pick up, with rental values now between €  4,000 and € 5,000 on Dublin’s Grafton Street. Photograph: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

The continued recovery in employment is translating into a positive knock-on effect on the retail sector, a new report from property consultants, Savi(...)

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos: ‘Can you improve upon something as highly evolved and well-suited to its task as the book? And if so, how?’ Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

In a garage outside Seattle 20 years ago this summer a one-time Wall Street trader called Jeff Bezos made a decision that would change the retail w(...)

Brendan Greenan from Monaghan preparing a Holstein Friesian calf for judging at the Virgina Show. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Sean O’Connell took in all the sights of Virginia Show yesterday. He saw his father stewarding in the horse ring. He watched the cattle breeds being p(...)