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An overjoyed Laura Johnston from Ringsend leaves Penneys, Mary Street, with her arms full. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

It was almost as if someone somewhere had flicked a switch and turned a light on over Dublin. The gloom that has shrouded the city centre since the st(...)

The University of Portsmouth has   carried out a study comparing the reactions of children to a real therapy dog and a robotic therapy dog. Getty Images

Something very creepy happened to me last week. I had just been for a stunningly beautiful spring walk at a local forest park with Zara, one of my dog(...)

Several of Zara’s fast fashion competitors already sell cosmetics, including H&M, Asos and Boohoo Group. Photograph: iStock

The clothing retailer Zara has unveiled a new cosmetics line as it branches out into beauty products. Zara, the flagship of Spain’s Inditex, will sel(...)

Ecommerce (data-driven online shopping) may dictate our fashion choices rather than bricks and mortar outlets. Photograph: Getty Images

The clothes we wear reflect the lives we lead and the times we live in, so these are strange, unnerving times in fashion. In the past cataclysmic year(...)

People queueing at  a H&M store  in the  centre of Bonn, Germany, on March 12th. Photograph: Sascha Steinback/EPA

Sales at fashion group H&M fell slightly less than expected in the three months through February and rose in the first half of March as pandemic r(...)

Zara owner Inditex reported on Wednesday its net profit fell 70 per cent in 2020 to €1.1 billion, a steeper drop than expected, after a year of global(...)

Laura McCarthy at her home in Ballivor, Co Meath, with her family James, Robyn and Peter and dog, Chad. Photograph: Alan Betson

The pandemic has slammed school doors shut for the second time in less than a year. In general, teachers and students are better prepared than they we(...)

Wicklow Street, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

The streets of Dublin, normally filled with shoppers seeking bargains in the post-Christmas sales, were quiet across the weekend as a result of public(...)

Tina Tulley, manager at the An Post Dublin Parcel Hub in Dublin 12. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Someone in Lucan is getting an electric scooter for Christmas. It arrived by ship from Poland early on Thursday morning and found its way to An Post’s(...)

The Topshop store on Princes Street, Edinburgh, part of the collapsed fashion group Arcadia. Photograph: PA

What is Arcadia and why is it in the news? UK retailer Arcadia Group is the debt-stricken owner of the Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Burton, Eva(...)

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