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People shopping on Grafton street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Christmas spending is on par to hit positive projections according to Retail Ireland, but traders in major urban centres are faring considerably bette(...)

Shoppers on Henry Street, Dublin. Retail Ireland predicts that this will be the biggest Christmas in seven years.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Retailers are predicting a bumper spend by consumers this Christmas, which is expected to be the biggest since before the economic crash in 2008. Con(...)

With less than three weeks to go before Christmas all the key indicators are pointing to the best shopping season since the economic crash in 2008 and possibly the cheapest since 2001, according to a report published on Monday.

With less than three weeks to go before Christmas all the key indicators are pointing to the best shopping season since the economic crash in 2008 and(...)

Price discounting remains a prominent feature of the Irish retail landscape. Photograph: Frank Miller

There are fresh signs that Irish consumers are ready to spend money again, with a new report from a leading retail umbrella group predicting the bes(...)

A reduction in the amount retailers have to pay for transactions involving debit cards has been welcomed by the sector. A reduction in the maximum tha(...)

Shoppers on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish retailers can look forward to a “bumper Christmas”, with the economic recovery taking hold and consumer sentiment rising each month, the Retail (...)

Retail sales rose 2.3 per cent in the year to the end of June and are 2.8 per cent ahead of the same period last year, although still lagging 14 per cent behind the pre-crash economy.  Photograph: The Irish Times.

PRSI rates for employers should be reduced to help offset a proposed rise in the minimum wage and to provide a boost to the retail sector which is fi(...)

Maura, Fiona and Sean McHugh from Dublin on Henry Street last Friday. Prices are at their lowest since 2002. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish shops are bracing themselves for their best Christmas since the nadir of the economic collapse, with a new report suggesting consumers are set (...)

Irish Brewers Association claim more than 400,000 beer kegs worth about €40 million have been stolen or gone missing since 2007. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Gardaí have arrested 27 people as part of a pan-European crackdown on the trade in stolen metal, uncovering more than 1,000 beer kegs. The operation i(...)

At a time of high global demand for metal, stealing steel beer kegs for scrap metal has become a lucrative trade. . Photograph by Frank Miller/Irish Times

More than 400,000 beer or cider kegs, costing approximately €40 million, have been stolen or gone missing from licensed premises in the Republic si(...)

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