The experiment revealed that approximately 15 per cent more consumers chose a loan of 4 years or longer when the default term was 5 years compared to when it was 1 year. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Consumers have been warned about not getting swayed by online tools such as loan calculators when looking to buy financial products from websites as i(...)

The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, persuaded the grassroots Beef Plan movement to stand down their protests and take part in talks last Friday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Talks began on Monday afternoon aimed at resolving the dispute between cattle farmers and meat processors over the price paid for animals, which led t(...)

Farmers say for every €10 of beef bought off the shelves, the farmer gets €2, the processor gets €2.90 and the supermarket gets €5.10. Photograph: Todd Korol/Reuters

For Hugh Doyle, farmer protests that have been crippling meat factories around the country are nothing less than a last-gasp fight for the very surviv(...)

The dryers, built between 2004 and 2015, pose a fire risk due to potential lint build up around the heating element in the machines. Photograph: iStock

Home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool has announced a recall of tumble dryers made before September 2015, over fire safety risks. The warning relates(...)

Dunnes has more than a fifth of the €11 billion Irish grocery market

Dunnes Stores is proposing a takeover of JC Savage Supermarket Ltd in Swords, one of north Dublin’s best-known independent retailers. Financial detai(...)

INM, publishers of the Irish Independent, is to seek shareholder approval on Wednesday for its much-anticipated takeover by Mediahuis. Photograph:   Dara Mac Donaill

Monday Indicators: UK distributive trades (Jun); German business climate, current conditions and expectations (Jun). Meetings: Beyond Brexit: Where (...)

Activists protesting for  safe workplace for garments workers mark the sixth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in April. Photograph: Mamunur Rashid/NurPhoto via Getty Images

“Fast fashion” retailer Primark, which trades in its home market as Penney’s, faced protests this week in Germany after a christian group alleged tha(...)

Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The State agency that signs off on mergers and takeovers has approved the acquisition of Independent News & Media by Belgian group Mediahuis. The(...)

Motor insurance premiums soared more than 70 per cent over three years before they peaked in 2016, a period when the industry was largely loss-making in the Republic. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The European Commission opened a formal investigation into whether Insurance Ireland is operating a cartel by restricting access to a claims database,(...)

The commission stressed it was not against data pooling arrangements, which it said, can contribute to effective competition

The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Insurance Ireland to assess whether it is operating a cartel. Commissioner M(...)

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