The volume of retail sales increased by 2.6 per cent in November when compared with the previous month. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A jump in the sale of electrical goods ahead of Christmas linked to the annual Black Friday shopping spree boosted retail sales in November. Figures (...)

Employers’ groups such as Ibec  say any  rises in the training fund levy amount to an “employment tax”.  Photograph: Getty Images

Businesses are set to be given a greater say in shaping the type of higher education and training courses to be delivered over the coming years in exc(...)

CSO figures show the volume of retail sales grew by 4.7 per cent in the 12 months to August, but when car  sales are excluded, the annual increase was 6.7 per cent.  Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Retail sales continue to be dampened by the weakness in sterling, which has triggered a fall-off in new car sales here and a corresponding spike in us(...)

Paschal Donohoe and the public services card. The card scheme and the sharing of data in the public sector have created controversy in the past week

Small and medium-sized businesses have said the controversy surrounding the Government’s introduction of a public services card is “dishonest”, and de(...)

Neil McDonnell, chief executive of Isme,  said lawyers coaching  clients to exploit the more generous awards under whistleblower rules was a ‘potential abuse’ of the system.

A business lobby group says it believes some employment lawyers may be “coaching” their clients to exploit whistleblower protection laws, under which (...)

Paschal Donohoe: new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar appointed Mr  Donohoe as Minister for Finance on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Senior business figures have called on incoming Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to increase spending on capital infrastructure and face down pub(...)

Businesses in the construction sector had to wait 76 days to be paid, the longest sectoral waiting time. Photograph: iStock Photo

Seven out of ten small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) experience delays of two months or more to receive payments, according to the Irish Small an(...)

Richard Bruton: the Minister hopes to increase the contribution employers make to higher education and training. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The quality of college graduates appears to be on the decline, with many lacking work-ready skills, according to small and medium-sized businesses. (...)

Banks argue that customers are changing the way they work with their banks, moving  online; customers say they have little choice given branch closures and reduced staffing

“It’s a difficult road you have to travel with the bank; it just feels like they don’t support you very well, they are not interested” – so said one s(...)

The CSO numbers show the unemployment rate for men was 6.9 per cent in March, while the jobless rate for women was 5.8 per cent. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Unemployment has fallen to 6.4 per cent, its lowest level in almost a decade, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The latest figures s(...)

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