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Qatari business magnate Wissam Al-Mana with iZest founders Jenny Taaffe and Alan McGovern. Photograph: Jon Bradley Photography

Qatari business magnate and reported billionaire Wissam Al-Mana has taken a 30 per cent stake in Irish strategic and digital marketing company iZest. (...)

Twist in the tale: Waterstones-owned Hodges Figgis on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A change of ownership can be relied upon to heighten tensions among both the staff of a business and anybody whose livelihood depends on it. The propo(...)

 The Hodges Figgis shop on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Hodges Figgis closed down for four hours in 1995. It was to allow for the legal transfer of ownership from UK company Pentos to new owners Thorn EMI, (...)

Waterstones has three outlets in the Republic including Hodges Figgis on Dublin’s Dawson Street. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bookstore chain Waterstones reported an almost 29 per cent increase in profits at its Irish branches last year despite a fall in the volume of sales i(...)

Paul Alwright: What’s Going On, by Marvin Gaye, showed me you needn’t sacrifice musicality for lyricism

I rediscovered What’s Going On sitting on a bus to Thomastown a few summers ago. I’d picked it up for a pittance at a HMV closing-down sale some years(...)

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Christmas is coming, and the fear is starting to set in: presents, turkey, decorations, more presents. Clicking on a website from the comfort of your(...)

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band: despite their worldwide acclaim from 1917 until 1925 they have largely been ignored or derided in jazz history

This year marks the centenary of the issuing of the first ever jazz record. This was Victor Catalogue Number 18255 released by the Victor Talking Mach(...)

Waterstones, which owns Hodges Figgis in Dublin as well as  the Cork branch of Waterstones, recorded a pretax profit of €1.9m. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Booksellers Waterstones more than doubled its profits in Ireland in the year to the end of April 2016, accounts just filed at the Companies Office sho(...)

Clerys was the victim of a property play but the department store concept operated by Clerys had become old hat

US retail giant Macy’s announced this week that it was closing its shop in Dublin as part of a rationalisation of its store network. That was Dublin, (...)

Shoppers  in Dublin City centre on St Stephen’s Day. A weaker sterling has once again made Northern Ireland a cheaper shopping destination. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Readers who are queasy about cliches should look away now. Football is a game of two halves. And so, it appears, was the year 2016 for Irish retailers(...)

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