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Irish people have been thinking about Christmas shopping for weeks already, perhaps spooked by supply chain issues which could lead to shortages as we get closer to the big day.

Retail can be head-spinningly strange. Black Friday (which didn’t even exist in Ireland a decade ago) has now become virtually indistinguishable from (...)

Discount grocer Aldi will continue to expand UK store numbers rather than its digital offering even as the Covid-19 pandemic has driven more consumers to shop online.

Discount grocer Aldi will continue to expand UK store numbers rather than its digital offering even as the Covid-19 pandemic has driven more consumers(...)

The persistence of coronavirus and individual exceptions to these trends complicate any assessment. Photograph: iStock

Technology companies: remote and flexible. Financial services companies: office-centric and more rigid. Everyone else: hybrid. Those are the broad tre(...)

Musgrave’s brands include SuperValu, Centra, Mace, Donnybrook Fair and  La Rousse. The group is one of the biggest players in the Irish grocery market.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

SuperValu and Centra franchise owner Musgrave is joining a legal action seeking compensation from Visa and Mastercard for charging fees in breach of c(...)

Morrisons said  that it had rejected the approach, which it believes “significantly undervalued” its business and prospects. Photograph: iStock

Shares in Morrisons surged by as much as a third on Monday on hopes that US private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) might raise it(...)

The Competition and Markets Authority said the Asda deal raised ‘local competition issues’ in 36 areas of the UK. File photograph: Sopa Images/LightRocket via Getty

The UK’s competition watchdog has provisionally cleared the £6.8 billion (€7.9 billion) acquisition of Asda by TDR Capital and the Issa brothers, as l(...)

Irish Sea border criticised in graffiti on Sandy Row in Belfast: the sea border was introduced for trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK due to Brexit. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister on Wednesday unveiled his plot for a mini-insurrection against the Northern Ireland protocol, albeit a (...)

Depleted shelves in Marks & Spencer at Donegall Place in Belfast as major retailers in Northern Ireland continue to experience Brexit-related disruption. Photograph: PA

Britain’s major supermarkets have warned the UK government that “urgent intervention” is required to prevent significant disruption to Northern Irelan(...)

While there is no doubt about empty shelves in some stores, others have downplayed the extent of the problem. Photograph: Alan Betson

The British government is likely to resist increasing pressure from the DUP for it to override the Northern Ireland protocol because of trade disrupti(...)

Given that Northern Ireland will abide by EU regulations and the rest of the UK will not, checks of some kind are needed on goods entering Northern Ireland from Britain.  Photograph: Peter Morrison/AP

What has been agreed on Northern Ireland? Simon Carswell and Naomi O’Leary examine the detail: The EU and UK have agreed in principle on the operatio(...)

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