Starbucks cafes to open in Italy in early 2017

Starbucks, the world’s biggest coffee chain, said on Sunday that Italian businessman Antonio Percassi would open the first Starbucks cafe in Milan in early 2017, bringing the brand to one of the top coffee-consuming nations in Europe.

Sharp rise in car sales boost January retail figures

Sales volumes into double figures in year to the end of last month, CSO statistics show

€232m Center Parcs resort in Longford granted planning

Major tourism development will seek to employ up to 1,000 people in permanent jobs

Amazon enters fresh food market with supermarket deal​

Online retailer Amazon is set to enter the British fresh food market after striking a supply deal with supermarket Morrisons, potentially ramping up competition in the already cut-throat sector.

Ulster Bank profits fall 40pc to €362m, RBS posts eighth straight annual loss

Operating profits at Ulster Bank fell by €244m last year down to €362m, representing a fall of 40.26pc when compared with 2014.

Green REIT agrees eight-year lease with Vodafone

Green REIT, the Irish property investment company, has agreed a new eight-year lease with Vodafone on its Irish headquarters building at Central Park, Dublin 18.

Global stocks rise with eyes on G20 growth push

Stock markets gained for the third day in five on Friday as G20 policymakers meeting in Shanghai sought common ground on how to reboot a struggling global economy in the face of renewed financial and political risks.

Gaelectric preparing to sell off €750m of windfarms

Irish energy firm Gaelectric is eyeing a sale of a stake in, or all of its operational windfarms, in a deal that could place a €750m enterprise valuation on the assets, it’s understood.

9 ways to hire and hold on to great staff

“Money and finance is not the reason to stay in a company. People have to want to be there, be passionate for their job and to find it enriching. It’s not about beanbags or free food either.”

RSA operating profit jumps to €660m in 2015

British insurer RSA, which has operations in Ireland, posted a 2015 operating profit of £523m (€660m), up 43pc on a year earlier, it said on Thursday.

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