Thomas Burke

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A Christmas window at Brown Thomas on Grafton Street, Dublin, this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Reports of the death of Irish retail appear to have been somewhat exaggerated, with new data published suggesting that Irish households will spend jus(...)

Black Friday was initially welcomed by retailers “who had fallen to their knees in the wake of the economic crash”.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Black Friday is welcomed by many Irish consumers, with more than €50 million set to be spent over the course of the weekend, but retailers say they ar(...)

As the Christmas shopping season kicks off in earnest, the reality of the behavioural shift will become more apparent than ever before. For many retailers and their customers, it will be, at least partially, a digital Christmas and a cyber New Year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

You would have to search high and low to find a prettier market square than the one in Donegal town. It’s not really a square at all, of course, but i(...)

A certain level of plastic was needed for food safety purposes, but retailers did not use excess packaging because it was costly, Mr Burke said.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Supermarkets need to do more to halt “the rising tide of plastic”, according to the organisers of a day of action targeting excess packaging and plast(...)

Less than 30%  of Irish retailers have an e-commerce capability on their websites, and 22%  have no online presence at all. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s town centres will struggle to survive if businesses do not get the support of the State in their fight against online giants, a leading reta(...)

Amazon’s centre in Peterborough, England. A report from Retail Ireland report indicates that events such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday are hoovering up spending in the run-up to Christmas. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Shoppers’ dramatic shift to the internet in search of better value and more choice is causing one of the biggest structural changes in the history of (...)

 Iceland managing director Richard Walker with examples of  non-plastic packaging, after the retailer   committed to eliminating plastic packaging for all own-brand products within five years to help end the “scourge” of plastic pollution. File photograph: Iceland/PA Wire

UK supermarket group Iceland has stolen a march on rivals by announcing that by 2023 it aims to have eliminated all plastic packaging from its own-bra(...)

Science: Making a better world

The success of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition is a telling indicator of the health of Irish science. Participation is a reliable pre(...)

The two German-owned rivals  are renowned for having the best entry-level hourly pay rates in the industry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Supermarket group Lidl has pledged to match the pay rise for entry-level store assistants that was announced on Friday by its rival, Aldi, amid what i(...)

Retail Ireland’s rival body Retail Excellence estimated at the weekend that Irish consumers had spent €300m with UK websites in the first three weeks of December. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Shoppers boosted spending this Christmas but overseas online outlets cut the growth enjoyed by Irish retailers, the industry says. Industry body Reta(...)

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