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Christmas shopping past: Grafton Street in 2017. Reopening  shops would take tens of thousands off the pandemic unemployment payment. Photograph: Tom Honan

The people of Ireland are, for the second time, successfully driving down what were rampant coronavirus infection rates. But an underlying failure of (...)

Sales figures are displayed at an Alibaba Singles Day event in Hangzhou, China, in 2019. Photograph:  Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Tomorrow is Singles Day, a sort of Valentine’s Day for single people, but don’t panic if you forgot to do the necessary self-gifting – even in the fre(...)

The meat industry is seeking a European Union-wide ban on use of terms like ‘vegan burger’ and ‘veggie sausage’.

The meat industry is seeking a European Union-wide ban on use of terms like “vegan burger” and “veggie sausage” in votes that are expected to take pla(...)

The Covid-19 pandemic  closed about three-quarters of Ikea’s stores at the peak. Photograph: EPA

Just off Oslo’s main shopping street lies an experiment at the heart of Ikea’s attempts to disrupt itself before it is disrupted. Until recently the o(...)

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DON’T: Shop till you drop During the spring lockdown in Ireland, supermarkets quickly ran out of essential items such as pasta, rice and flour. Soap,(...)

 Crowded rush hour commuters in the London Underground before the pandemic. File photograph: Getty Images

I went back to the office for the first time in seven months the other day, expecting to find the place largely unchanged. A colleague who had just d(...)

Figures from major Irish retailers suggest their workers are not being infected with coronavirus at a higher rate than the general population. File photograph: Alan Weller/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Figures from major Irish retailers suggest their workers are not being infected with coronavirus at a higher rate than the general population. The fig(...)

You can have the Berlingo in two wheelbases  4.4m (14.4ft) long, with five seats and a large boot or a longer 4.75m.

If, as many posit, the coronavirus crisis is our generation’s equivalent of the second World War, then – assuming that history to an extent repeats – (...)

Ikea’s ‘Buy Back’ initiative is part of the company’s aim to become ‘a fully circular and climate positive business by 2030’, it said. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

People tired of their flat pack Ikea dressers, drawers, cabinets and tables will now be able to sell them back to the furniture retailer for resale i(...)

Sitting on Santa’s knee  will be out this year for so many obvious reasons. Photograph: iStock

It is easy to get caught up in the madness of crowds. This page found itself in a toy shop exactly a week ago after hearing reports of parents panic-b(...)

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