Almost half of Irish consumers have never bothered comparing prices to see if they can reduce their bills for  utilities such as gas and electricity  by switching service providers, according to a  survey by the National Consumer Agency.

Almost half of Irish consumers have never bothered comparing prices to see if they can get utilities such as gas and electricity for less by switch(...)

The HMV outlet on Dublin’s Grafton Street, which is not one of the four stores due to reopen in September. Photograph: Alan Betson

The four Irish HMV stores set to reopen in the coming weeks will honour valid vouchers and gift cards, including those purchased before the entertainm(...)

In a standard quarterly update to the markets earlier this month, Imperial Tobacco said its plans to launch an electronic cigarette product next year (...)

Some waste companies were exposing customers to unspecified charges and changing terms without a good reason, according to the National Consumer Agency. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The National Consumer Agency has found that six domestic waste collection firms had been operating “unfairly” as it secured undertakings that they wil(...)

There are times when men and women must be treated differently. These days sexism seems to be in the news more often than usual. A woman got €45,000 f(...)

See here: eye exams can pick up on general health issues such as diabetes, MS or brain tumours. Photograph: Getty

All professions are conspiracies against the laity, said George Bernard Shaw. With that in mind, just how do you know your optician is telling the tru(...)

Value It is what all stores promise us. Whether they deliver depends on how loyal (or gullible) you are. Photograph: Thinkstock

Aldi When it entered the Irish market a decade ago it was considered an oddball outsider with unfamiliar brands and a random assortment of jackhammers(...)

Nine out of 10 shoppers say they believe they are shopping more wisely than 18 months ago. Photograph: Eric Luke

Research from the National Consumer Agency has found that 72 per cent of women take responsibility for food shopping and another 13 per cent say they (...)

The final hearings in a protracted process aimed at introducing a code of conduct for grocery retailers accused of manipulative dealings with supplier(...)

The NCA carried out unannounced compliance blitz visits to 349 traders across a range of retail sectors nationwide in 2012.

The National Consumer Agency (NCA) has said it remains relevant to Irish consumers ahead of its merger with the Competition Authority. In its annual r(...)

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