Hard-edged words to do with business have come to the fore at Christmas time, it seems. Words associated with consumerism such as sales, spend, shopping and retailers are among the most commonly used in connection with the festive season, researchers for Cambridge University Press say. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

People no longer talk the same way as they traditionally did about Christmas, language researchers for Cambridge University Press (CUP) have (...)

Hoverboards don’t actually hover. Instead, they are made up of a small platform with wheels on each side - somewhat like a Segway minus the handle.  File photograph: Kent County Council Trading Standards/PA Wire

It sounds like a line taken directly from Back to the Future. A large consignment of hoverboards have been blocked from entering Dublin Po(...)

Shoppers walk past a Black Friday event in London, England. Photograph:  Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Black Friday in Ireland is barely a year old but could already be on the way out, as Irish retailers start to question the merits of a concept which s(...)

The new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CS0) show house prices in Dublin climbed by 1 per cent last month.

The average cost of a home in the Republic climbed by 1.6 per cent in October according to the latest official figures. The prices are now 7.6 per cen(...)

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Kevin Thompson, chief executive of Insurance Ireland, called for steps to address the increasing cost of motor claims. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The price of motor insurance will rise again next year as both the number and the cost of injury claims continue to climb significantly. The warning (...)

From the beginning of next year Greyhound will begin moving domestic customers from an annual payment to a monthly direct-debit system. Photograph: Alan Betson

Greyhound Recycling has denied accusations from customers that it is planning to impose price increases of more than 25 per cent by stealth. From the(...)

Describing his mammy as “amazing” and “a complete inspiration.” Baz was pleasing humble after the win.

How brilliant is it that an Irish Mammy has just won an international Emmy? And how unlikely is it that she has won one for staring deadly Burmese py(...)

The latest poll from the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) might give retailers pause for thought. It suggests consumers will spend an average of €563 this Christmas, compared with €600 last year. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish consumers seem set to temper their Christmas spending this year as the number who believe too much is spent over the festive season hits almost (...)

The latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland show SuperValu growing its share of the market by 2.5 per cent over the 12 week period to November 8th.

Supervalu has leapfrogged Tesco in the never-ending race to be number one in the Irish supermarket sweeps while Dunnes Stores is now close to knocking(...)