CastleCourt, Belfast: shopper footfall grew by 4.6 per cent in the North last month. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Northern Ireland’s economy will do well to “avoid stagnation” in 2017 against a backdrop of political challenges at home and abroad, the chief economi(...)

A rise in the number of cross-border shoppers is benefitting Northern Ireland’s retailers. Photograph: iStock

Eager cross-border shoppers helped set tills ringing in the North last month according to the latest retail report which showed the biggest increase i(...)

 Paddy Malone from the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce  on Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co Louth. Photograph: Barry Cronin

A steady stream of people still cross the Border looking for bargains but the flow has been reversed: today it is shoppers from Northern Ireland who a(...)

Karen and Darren Gardiner: When Gardiner and his wife opened the first Ground Espresso Bar in 2001 in Coleraine it was more of a ‘hobby’ than a purely business venture he admits.

Latest retail figures this week suggest shoppers are spending less cash in towns across the North this year than compared to previous summers. Perhaps(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney met representatives of Meat Industry Ireland, the Ibec body representing meat processors, last night. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Irish beef producers received €9 million less for cattle than their UK counterparts between June and August, according to research by the Irish Cream(...)

Victoria Square:  one of the most expensive shopping centre ever built in the North is experiencing a revival

Consumers are happy to spend again in the North – at least that is what a new consumer confidence survey is telling us. Latest research from Da(...)

Dr Richard Haass, with Megan O’Sullivan, talks to the media at the Stormont hotel in Belfast, where all-party talks failed to resolve outstanding peace process issues in Northern Ireland. Photograph:  PA

Stressed in work today? Then say a prayer because workers who are religious tend to be happier than their colleagues who do not believe in God, a new (...)

Shoppers in Northern Ireland have gained renewed confidence with more people venturing into stores, it was revealed. A 2.6 per cent incre(...)

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