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Employment is a lagging indicator of economic wellbeing but there are some good reasons the labour market is proving so resilient to Britain’s wider Brexit woes. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA

More people are in work than ever before and wages are at last rising in real terms. Somehow, the message that the British economy is mired in a swamp(...)

The Irish beef market is particularly exposed to a no-deal Brexit, but the dairy industry could also face massive upheaval. Photograph: iStock

Why is the food industry so worried about Brexit? The UK is the biggest market for Irish food exports, accounting for €4.5 billion of our total food (...)

Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Britain’s competition regulator has dealt a potentially fatal blow to Sainsbury’s planned $9.5 billion (€8.37 billion) takeover of Walmart’s Asda, say(...)

Food for thought: Strong Roots’ founder Sam Dennigan

Fast-growing Irish food company Strong Roots is now being stocked by all the major UK grocery retailers. And it expects to almost double the number of(...)

The consortium said retailers typically stored no more than two weeks’ inventory and it became difficult to restock stores if the supply chain was disrupted. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

A no-deal Brexit could leave supermarket shelves empty and drive food prices higher, the country’s leading supermarket chains have told MPs. The Briti(...)

Tesco went into the Christmas period ranked the Republic’s third largest supermarket chain

Increased competition among supermarket chains hurt Tesco Ireland in the run-up to Christmas, with the group seeing a dip in sales in its third quarte(...)

Karen Bradley speaks during a press conference at the Grand Central Hotel after meeting  business leaders to discuss the draft Brexit deal.  Photograph:  David Young/PA Wire

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley has called on politicians to apply “cool heads” and support the draft Brexit deal in the UK’s “national interest”. M(...)

During the second quarter Walmart posted its highest sales growth in a decade. Photograph: Reuters/ Kevork Djansezian

Retailer Walmart reported better-than-expected quarterly US comparable sales on Thursday and raised its full-year outlook as a strong economy boosted (...)

The Marks & Spencer’s store on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The annual orgy of Christmas advertising is about to explode onto our TV screens – and it promises to be every bit as lavish as last year despite the (...)

Asda is planning to merge with Sainsbury’s, although the deal is to be subjected to investigation after the Competition and Markets Authority said it raised sufficient concerns to be referred for an in-depth review. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

UK supermarket giant Asda is to start consulting with staff over potential job losses next year, which could total almost 2,500, according to sources.(...)

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