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Inspection facilities being built at Dublin Port in advance of Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

With a little over 48 days to Brexit, and UK prime minister Boris Johnson determined that the country leaves the EU, deal or no deal, Irish businesses(...)

A no-deal Brexit will be more than a mere punch in the mouth for Irish retailers who rely on the importation of foreign goods via the UK land bridge. It will be more like a Scud missile in the face

The Irish retail sector assures us there are plans in place to combat supply shortages in a no-deal Brexit. An old boxing adage springs to mind: “Ever(...)

The average length people stay in retailing  jobs is 4.4 years. With the millennial population it’s less than three years.

Next month sees the launch of Retail Ireland’s apprenticeship in retail supervision. It’s aimed at those working as supervisors in any sector of the r(...)

Irish consumer sentiment slumped to a near five-year low in July amid signs the United Kingdom may crash out of the European Union without a deal. Photograph: Alan Betson

Retail activity has softened in recent months as consumers consider how Brexit might impact their personal finances, according to Retail Ireland, the (...)

Shoppers on Henry Street for the Christmas sales. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Retail activity picked up considerably in the first three months of the year, according to the latest industry figures. The value of retail sales in t(...)

The small, gravel-strewn cross, carved into the grass where Lord Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Burke were assassinated in 1882

Out for a run in the Phoenix Park on Monday, I noticed a small group of people gathered by the roadside opposite Áras an Uachtaráin. I would have pass(...)

Sales in the final quarter of 2018 demonstrated the slow but steady growth of retail in recent years, said Retail Ireland. Photograph: PA

The value of Irish retail sales rose by 2.7 per cent in the final quarter of last year compared to 2017, according to Retail Ireland, the Ibec group t(...)

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(...)

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