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Dublin’s Grafton Street devoid of people as  coronavirus restrictions remain in place. Photograph: Alan Betson

Business activity in Dublin dropped to a seven-year low in the last quarter as the coronavirus pandemic saw output grind to a halt. The Q1 Dublin PMI(...)

Spending in bricks-and-mortar retail outlets fell 5.3 per cent over the last 12 months. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Consumer spending was flat in January, with buyers seemingly continuing to retreat from traditional retail in favour of online shopping. Visa’s Iris(...)

Face-to-face shopping fell 3.9 per cent in December. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Irish consumer spending fell in December for the first time in almost two years reflecting weakness in retail, according to a survey by Visa. The Ir(...)

The household goods sector posted a 13 per cent year-on-year increase in June. Photograph: iStock

Household spending in June rose at the fastest rate since 2016 buoyed by the strong weather as Irish shoppers increasingly opted to take to the high s(...)

Research released last month by the European Commission showed that the strongest growth in the number of online shoppers across the EU last year was in Ireland

Hotels, restaurants and bars have posted the fastest increase in consumer spending, seeing growth of 9.1 per cent year-on-year. Speaking to The Iris(...)

Face-to-face expenditure fell for the seventh successive month, by 0.7 per cent in April, according to new figures from Visa. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Consumer spending rose by a modest 0.7 per cent year on year in April, according to new figures from Visa. The below-par performance was, however, pu(...)

Online spending was 18.1 per cent higher in March, the strongest reading in four months.

Consumer spending rose 4.2 per cent in March as online buying picked up pace, new data from Visa shows. Irish shoppers spent less on clothing and fo(...)

Ecommerce transactions were up 12.3% year-on-year in January while face-to-face spending declined

Brexit is already having a negative impact on many Irish companies, according to a new survey that shows business sentiment improved at the start of t(...)

Employment levels continue to rise in the Dublin region, with the construction and industry sectors showing significant expansion. Photograph: iStock

Unemployment in the Dublin region dipped in the third quarter of last year and business activity was robust, but a decline in consumer sentiment and h(...)

  Spending on household goods in December climbed by 4.3 per cent and hotels, restaurants and bars saw the rate of expansion quicken to a three-month high of 5.8 per cent, thanks to a predictable spike in entertainment over the festive period. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A surge in online spending in recent months has masked a significant slowdown in consumer spending, according to report published on Tuesday. The lat(...)

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