The research suggests that two thirds of Irish people have noticed local businesses adapting services to offer online shopping as well as investing in safety measures. Photograph: iStock

The vast majority of Irish consumers want to shop locally this Christmas to support businesses in their community and more than half say they will do (...)

Shoppers on Grafton Street in Dublin on Friday, on the first evening of the reopening of gastropubs and restaurants. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Retailers have described the days since Tuesday’s reopening in glowing terms, and expressed optimism that they are in line for a happy Christmas despi(...)

Penneys has also announced that there will be extended opening hours across all 36 of its outlets in the State. Photograph: iStock

Dedicated followers of fast fashion, fans of cheap Christmas jumpers and a particular cohort of insomniacs will be delighted to learn that Penneys pla(...)

Best Menswear managing director John Smith, with online orders ready for dispatch from the company’s Jervis Shopping Centre store. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

One day in the second week of March, John Smith, the managing director of Best Menswear, gathered the managers of its 12 outlets in the Crowne Plaza h(...)

The dispute is the second rent disagreement Eason has had with a Galway landlord in recent months. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Books and stationery retailer, Eason, is embroiled in a rental dispute with Pat Doherty’s Harcourt Developments in relation to its unit in Galway Shop(...)

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(...)

An almost deserted Grafton Street. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Up to two-thirds of retailers are still carrying rent arrears arising from the lockdown of April and May, industry research suggests, as the Governmen(...)

‘We need to encourage shoppers into shops early this Christmas. We need to spread it out.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

Retail representatives are warning that certain categories, such as men’s fashion, could experience stock shortages of some brands during the upcoming(...)

The Henry Street entrance to Jervis shopping centre in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Jervis Shopping Centre in Dublin has turned up the heat on several of its high-profile tenants in pandemic-related rental disputes by issuing legal wr(...)

 Marian O’Gorman of Kilkenny Design Centre: ‘The lack of tourists has taken 30 per cent straight out of the business.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On March 16th, the Kilkenny Group should have been coping with one of its busiest periods of the year. The St Patrick’s festival usually draws 500,000(...)

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