Grafton Street:  Consumer confidence continues to grow. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Confidence about travel, personal services and retail and restaurant visits has grown

FBD: Insurer has issued rebates to businesses closed due to Covid-19. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Insurer’s refunds to businesses closed by Covid-19 restrictions stand at €4m this year

Carphone Warehouse: Departure from the Republic confirmed in April. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As many as 486 employees are set to lose jobs following market exit

Rents in the capital increased in the first quarter but remain lower year-on-year. Photograph: i Stock

Rental supply in city ‘not as loose’ as it was in late 2020, report finds

AIB has raised €1.75 billion from two green bonds to date. The funds are used to back sustainable projects. Photograph: iStock

Proceeds will be used to finance initiatives with clear environmental benefits

An empty Washington Post newsroom pictured in April 2020. Photograph: Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images

They’re often viewed through nostalgic lens, but newsrooms will still be missed if they go

Some 91 per cent of Irish chief executives told EY they expected empathy and soft skills to come to the fore. Photograph: iStock

Pandemic has accelerated company plans to change product mix and evolve business

The Barryroe oilfield off Co Cork. File photograph:  Finbarr O’Rourke

Industry association submits ‘pragmatic’ plan to Government climate consultation

An Taisce says the agricultural activity needed to support the proposed Belview cheese plant would increase carbon emissions and damage water quality.

High Court last month upheld planning decision for Glanbia joint venture in Kilkenny

You’ll never sing alone: the happy crowd at a test music festival in Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Sunday. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Planet Business: A psychodrama we could have all done without

Elaine Geraghty, CEO, Ardmore and Troy Studios: ‘I’ve never really been in places where it has been a smooth ride.’ Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Interview: It’s a ‘full-on and fantastic’ time for the new CEO of Ardmore and Troy

Sky Media Ireland’s Malcolm Murray: ‘TV remains a key part of everyday life.’ Photograph: Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography.

Company now sells advertising on behalf of 40 television channels

Bord Bia chief executive Tara McCarthy: “Our reputation is inextricably linked to the hard work and commitment of tens of thousands of farmers and food producers across the country,,,”

Agency reclaims top spot from credit unions in annual RepTrak study, with An Post third

Google and Facebook’s combined share of the Irish digital advertising market is estimated to be 84 per cent. Photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Publishers’ talks with Google continue but are at ‘early stage’, NewsBrands event hears

Montrose market: In 2017, RTÉ yielded a gross price of €107.5 million and a net gain of €78.5 million from the sale of 8.64 acres. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Maths of a move might not add up right now, but that doesn’t mean they never will

(Stan) Kroenke out, Spotify in, at Arsenal? Photograph: John Walton/PA.

Planet Business: A good week for emojis, a bad week for vowels

Kilruddery House near Bray is the backdrop for a duel in Netflix series Fate: The Winx Saga. Photograph: Jonathan Hession/Netflix

State loses productions to competitors that have more favourable schemes, say studios

Central Bank deputy governor Sharon Donnery: ‘Not all members of the public will want to use electronic means of payment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Cash must continue to be accepted to avoid financial exclusion, event hears

Health and beauty packaging before the branding and claims about product efficacy are added. Photograph: iStock.

Dubious Covid-19 claims accounted for only ‘minor’ share of complaints to ASAI in 2020

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes: ‘It’s not that simple to put together a two-hour show or be on camera for two hours.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dee Forbes confirms 2020 surplus and defends presenter pay at Dáil committee

Spotify: Most of its premium plans will now cost more per month. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters.

Premium plans will cost up to 20% more after string of podcast investments

A plug for cinemas: Frances McDormand accepts the best picture award for Nomadland as director Chloé Zhao looks on at the Oscars. Video image: ABC via AP

Single remark from Frances McDormand is enough reminder of what we’ve missed

Cartoon Saloon’s Wolfwalkers, a nominee for best animated feature at Sunday night’s Oscars.

Upskilling part of sell for ‘grown-up’ studio vying for talent with global giants

Say it with shirts: A Liverpool fan leaves a vintage club shirt outside Anfield objecting to the involvement of owners Fenway Sports Group  in the proposed European Super League. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Planet Business: A week of streaming hangovers and elite grovelling

Participants will be assigned a mentor during the five-month paid internship.

Learning Waves skillnet opens up 10 placements for journalism graduates

16/04/2021 - NEWS - KBC Bank branch, KBC Bank Headquarters, KBC HQ, Sandwith Street, Dublin.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

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Derry and Sallyanne Clarke pictured in L’Ecrivain restaurant, the premises of which have now been sold. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Fate: The Winx Saga, which was filmed in Ireland, was one of the most-watched shows on the platform in the first quarter

Streaming giant blames ‘pull-forward’ effect from bumper 2020 and production delays

Failure to reform ‘prohibitive’ defamation law is among the threats to press freedom in the Republic, RSF said. Photograph: iStock

Delays to defamation law reform continue to pose threat, says Reporters Without Borders

Amazon Prime, the membership product that includes Prime Video, now has 200 million members.  Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP

Outlay on Middle-earth prequel series proves depth of the pockets at Jeff Bezos’s company

 The Black Dog Restaurant and Bar in Chester, England, is using transparent domes  to protect its customers, following the country’s  easing of restrictions.  Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP

Planet Business: Just another ‘array of challenges’

The scene at the Figure of Eight pub in Birmingham, England, where outdoor hospitality returned this week. But when will the sector here be permitted to reopen? Photograph: Jacob King/PA

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Galen Weston in Brown Thomas after the luxury retailer crossed Grafton Street in 1995. The Canadian, who was married to Dublin-born Hilary Weston née Frayne, has died aged 80. Photograph: Jack McManus / The Irish Times

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Irish actor Paula Malcomson will lead the cast of Redemption, a new drama co-commissioned by Virgin Media Television and ITV. Photograph: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/HBO

Broadcaster toasts highest ever daily share as filming begins on major drama with ITV

The BBC set up then later removed an online complaints form for people  who thought its blanket coverage of Prince Philip’s death was too much. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Broadcaster stuck to protocols that harked back to pre-Netflix levels of influence

The Facebook data leak has exposed the profile data of hundreds of Irish people working in sensitive State positions. Photograph: Denis Charlet / AFP

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

In Shoreditch, London, a Deliveroo rider takes part in a strike on Wednesday as the food delivery couriers seek fair pay, safety protections and basic workers’ rights. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Planet Business: A ‘document not found’ tells its own story at Credit Suisse

New Prime Time line-up: Sarah McInerney, Miriam O’Callaghan and Fran McNulty. Photograph: RTÉ.

Editor Richard Downes hopes refreshed show can keep Covid audience ‘dividend’

Cash. Remember cash? Photograph: iStock

For some there will be savings to spend, for others ‘persistent scarring effects’

Is change coming? Union supporters distribute information before sunrise outside the BHM1 fulfilment centre in Bessemer, Alabama, on Monday. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon / AFP

Planet Business: Welcome on board the VSS Imagine?

US president Joe Biden boards Air Force One en route to giving a big economic speech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday. Photograph: Jim Watson / AFP

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Reeling in the Years returns to RTÉ One on April 11th with a lookback at what were, in retrospect, some cracking Covid-free years.

There’s nothing like a pandemic to make nostalgia a guaranteed hit

Blooming shame: cherry blossom parties in Japan have had to be cancelled for a second year. Photograph: Philip Fong/AFP

Planet Business: Pretty in pink as cherry blossom season arrives early in Japan

Áine Ní Chaoindealbháin: ‘Delighted’ to become deputy MD of Virgin Media Television.

Experienced broadcasting executive will be first to hold newly created role

Ulster Bank’s building on Georges Quay in Dublin. The lender was charged a record fine by the Central Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Environmental activists take part in an anti-fossil fuel demonstration against Standard Chartered bank’s financing of the Java 9 and 10 coal-fired power plants in Jakarta earlier this month. Photograph: Bay Ismoyo/AFP

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Intel will create 1,600 high-tech jobs and more than double the manufacturing space at its Irish operation as part of a global expansion

Chipmaker investing $7bn in Irish business over three years to end of 2021

New Prime Time trio: Sarah McInerney, Miriam O’Callaghan and Fran McNulty.

Journalists join Miriam O’Callaghan on the RTÉ current affairs show

Ever since the second lockdown, people worn down by their own compliance have been pondering the impossibility of doing “a little bit more”.

An ad campaign promises ‘better days to come’, but little is done to help us believe it

Artist and podcaster Blindboy: Public funding is needed to give creative people the chance to succeed.

‘Large amount of money’ needed to make great television, commission hears

One of the BBC’s biggest dramas – Line of Duty, with Vicky McClure (left) and series-six guest star Kelly Macdonald – is filmed in Belfast. Image: BBC/World Productions/Steffan Hill

Newsnight will sometimes be presented from city, while commissions from North will rise

Screen Ireland chief executive Désirée Finnegan (centre, bottom row) and Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin (centre) lead a virtual trade mission to Los Angeles. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Week-long series of meetings with US streamers and studios begins with Disney

‘The Giant’ can be programmed to become Albert Einstein, Beyoncé, Superman or any person or character, according to its creators.

Enterprise Ireland-backed tourism start-up aims to reach 21 sites in 21 cities this year

British journalist and former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger. Photograph:   Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images

Government action, not debates about filter bubbles, is what the sector needs now

US president Joe Biden, aka not Trump, drops in on a Washington DC store to meet with business owners on Tuesday. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP

Planet Business: When the Boot is on the other Foot

Embattled stockbroker Davy.

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Irish consumers are still paying a premium on their mortgages compared to their European counterparts. Photograph: iStock

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Core chief executive Alan Cox: Prognosis for the future of Irish media is ‘concerning’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Marketing group Core urges Government intervention amid shrinking revenues

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak to Oprah Winfrey for a CBS interview special. Photograph: Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions via AP

Oprah special with couple on track to be in top 20 biggest shows on Irish TV this year

Central Bank: ‘Pronounced gender imbalance’ at board level of financial firms. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Absence of diversity at senior level will ‘continue to be a priority’

The Young Offenders with Chris Walley, Hilary Rose and Alex Murphy was a BBC Three commission in association with RTÉ. Photograph: Vico Films/BBC

Yanking channel was ‘a bit mad’, but future interest of younger viewers must be in doubt

Roisín Duffy, chairwoman of Women on Air, says more data is needed on gender balance in Irish broadcasting

Group urges Future of Media Commission to include gender quotas in recommendations

Madison Avenue man: A wax statue of Mad Men’s Don Draper has been hanging out  at a New York steakhouse to make it seem less empty. Photograph: Kevin Hagen/AP

Planet Business: Box office blues, the sequel

Brid Horan, who co-chairs Balance for Better Business: Progress at top Iseq companies shows that ‘monitoring does matter’. Photograph: Leah Farrell/

But progress on gender balance remains ‘fragile’ overall and slow on leadership teams

Aviva Insurance Ireland: ‘We are very aware that many businesses continued to struggle with the cost and availability of insurance.’

Net written premiums at Irish unit declined 7% in 2020, UK insurer says

Liam Sheedy will lead the Irish operations of Teneo Performance.

Business set up to help companies respond to effects of pandemic

Bank of Ireland first signalled its intentions to enter the burgeoning market for green bonds last September

Green bond sales have boomed as investors demand socially responsible opportunities

This is a pivotal year for Irish sporting rights, with the future of two absolutely key properties – Six Nations and the GAA – on the line.

Amazon’s intentions a mystery as Champions League rights slip away from Virgin

The loss of Champions League will be felt at Virgin, which used the matches to populate Virgin Media Sport as well as bring a big mid-week audience to its free-to-air channels. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Final negotiations with new player in market continue as price of rights package goes up

The Bigger Stage team (from left): Jane Russell, Sean O’Riordan, founder and chief executive Pat Kiely and Jamie Macken.

‘Terrific opportunity’ to make Ireland hub for factual, lifestyle and studio shows

Bubbly investment: Champagne brand Armand de Brignac, owned by rapper Jay Z. LVMH’s Moet Hennessy has now taken a 50 per cent stake. File photograph: Francois Nascimbeni/AFP

Planet Business: Dark Sky and Apple’s other standout acquisitions

The sale to Bauer Media Audio comes 32 years after Denis O’Brien  first invested in what was then known as Classic Hits 98FM.

Denis O’Brien says he is delighted with ‘very big offer’ Communicorp received

Independent House on Talbot Street in Dublin, home to media group INM. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Benefit of first full year of owning Irish titles boosts Belgium media group despite Covid-19

Communicorp signage at Grand Canal Quay in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Employees informed of deal as billionaire exits Irish media market

Business accounting concept, Business man using calculator with computer laptop, budget and loan paper in office.

Cashflow concerns are weighing on businesses, accounting body reports

Facebook’s news blackout in Australia may backfire on the social media company. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Social media giant fancies its chances against ‘very friendly’ Australia, but at what cost?

Joy for Austrian Katharina Liensberger (left) and Italian Marta Bassino, who both won gold at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in northern Italy on Tuesday. The country has ruled against reopening its ski resorts to amateurs. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Planet Business: Have you got a passion for space travel?

Wolfgang Digital chief executive Alan Coleman: Sellers with less than €1 million in online revenue  in ‘primary school’ in their digital maturity. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Wolfgang Digital points to opportunity for retailers as Amazon reduces ad spend

Big Sky, the thriller from David E Kelley, will be one of the new shows on Disney Plus ‘superbrand’ Star when it launches next Tuesday. Photograph: Disney/ ABC

Streamer plans to boost European commissioning to 50 a year by 2024

Britney Spears performing in Lyon during her European tour of 2004. A New York Times documentary has shone a light on her legal predicament. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP

New York Times documentary proves newspaper groups can make impact on TV

Boom mics on: US president Joe Biden has some important people around to the Oval Office for a masked chat. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Planet Business: When some meetings go less well than others

FM dominates the Irish radio market, in contrast to the experience of some other European countries. Photograph: iStock

Listeners here have stayed loyal to analogue methods, Ipsos MRBI report shows

Spotify, like Netflix, has identified a ‘pull-forward’ effect from the pandemic. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Uncertainty is the only certainty in the second year of a pandemic

Mannequin misery: the  interior of a closed-down Topshop fashion outlet in London. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP

Planet Business: Buffalo wings experience preferred, but not essential, for Amazon job

The price of sliced pan, Ireland’s most popular bread, could be going up. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Irish consumers could soon feel the impact of trade ‘rules of origin’ in their pockets

The submission was made on behalf of The Irish Times and other news titles owned by the group: the Irish Examiner, the Echo, Roscommon Herald, Western People, Waterford News & Star, the Nationalist, Kildare Nationalist and Laois Nationalist. Photograph: David Sleator

Submission to Future of Media Commission says news industry faces existential threats

S&P says corporates have borne the brunt of negative rating activity in Ireland, accounting for 70% of Irish downgrades during 2020 and 62%  of all Irish issuers with a negative outlook.  Photograph: iStock

The ‘high level’ of negative outlooks at Irish banks is noted, but the overall picture is stable

Outdoor activities in beautiful Glendalough in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Fáilte Ireland.

Nothing will improve the appeal of outdoors tourism like the option to go indoors

We Will Hug Again was a recent out-of-home campaign by online retailer Zalando, seen here on LED Lightbox screen in East Wall, Dublin. Photograph: Kinetic Ireland.

Digital investment is underway in sector hard hit by collapse in traffic and footfall is among the media interests owned by Greencastle Capital.

Top executives at Iconic Labs have resigned and joined media investor Greencastle

Brexit and lockdown measures have led to ‘major delays’ in delivery of inputs to the Irish manufacturing sector. Photograph: iStock

Sharp fall in manufacturing output and new orders trigger January decline, index shows

Raise your hand if you don’t miss the last lot . . . White House press secretary Jen Psaki (C) holds court at the White House daily press briefing. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP

Planet Business: Vaccine queue-jumpers not welcome in Canada’s Yukon territory

Brian Hayes, CEO Banking & Payments Federation Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Impact of current lockdown ‘remains to be seen’, says industry body BPFI

Comcast-owned Sky has 23.9m customers across Europe. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Customer growth had returned by the end of the pandemic-stricken year

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: Supports have made ‘huge difference’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Opposition criticises exclusion of businesses that do not operate from fixed premises

Sharon Shannon pictured on the Cliffs of Moher for RTÉ One’s recent show Ireland in Music. Photograph: Donal H Murphy.

Special scheme intended to give artists on-air platform as venues remain shut

Drivers also have the option of getting tested at the many private facilities around the country as long as these tests meet the French requirements. Photograph: Maxwell’s Handout/PA

Chaos at ports forecast as testing system ‘not ready’ to cope with French protocol

Channel 4 drama It’s a Sin: Heart-breaking, gut-punching and already a word-of-mouth hit.

‘People are still up for challenging telly,’ says Sky. But ‘chocolate ice-cream’ appeals too

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