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Irish Retail at a Glance

Irish Retail at a Glance

Posted by Maëlle Le Ruyet on Feb 1, 2018 2:48:57 PM

CPM, Ireland’s leading field sales company, takes a look at the Irish retail news for this week. This is a one-stop shop for all your Irish retail news. If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter which will include all Retail articles for the previous month, including "Retail at a Glance" subscribe today.  

 

A third of adults plan to reduce alcohol intake, research shows

A third (33%) of adults claim that they plan to reduce their alcohol consumption across the next 12 months. Recent research on behalf of Retail Intelligence by Empathy Research, amongst a nationally representative sample of 1,000 adults aged 18+, sought to understand who will be more likely to…

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Irish retailers entering “new age of technology”

Almost 70,000 training days were facilitated by Irish retailers in 2017, according to Retail Ireland Skillnet, the education and training division of Retail Ireland. Retail Ireland Skillnet manager Sean Carlin said that changes in Ireland’s retailing landscape in recent years have been due to the…

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Supermarkets’ strong online performance increases pressure on suppliers to up their e-commerce game

The strong online performance of the supermarket multiples over the Christmas period has reinforced the need for suppliers to up their e-commerce game or risk missing out on the channel’s further growth potential in 2018. That’s the warning from category management and shopper…

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Retailers facing challenges over GDPR regulations

This year sees the implementation of the new GDPR regulations, whereby all businesses will be required to adhere to strict guidelines when it comes to data protection. According to the Irish Independent, up to three quarters of Irish businesses are unprepared for the May 25 deadline…

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Irish retail sales up 7.2% in December

Irish retail sales increased by 7.2% in December 2017 compared to the same month the year before, according to new figures. Seasonally adjusted, the volume of retail sales decreased by 0.1% in the month of December, according to the latest retail sales figures from the Central Statistics Office.

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Amazon go tech will bring a new era of personalised shopping, but it won’t kill human interaction

Analysts have predicted that Amazon Go could launch in the UK by the end of 2018, which would enable British shoppers to experience a checkout-free supermarket for the first time. According to retail technology firm Conversity, such a change will herald a new era where personalised…

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Smart home arrives in Ireland as Amazon launches Alexa and Echo

The arrival of the smart home in Ireland just took another big step. Amazon has launched its smart voice system, Alexa, in Ireland. The company is now selling its Amazon Echo and Amazon Dot smart speakers directly into the country. Alexa, the voice-controlled artificial intelligence system that…

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Tesco Ireland expresses health and safety concerns related to proposed College Green Plaza

Tesco Ireland has expressed "serious concerns" over the health and safety of pedestrians and delivery staff if Dublin City Council's proposals to construct a €10m pedestrianised plaza at College Green go ahead. In a submission to An Bord Pleanala last year, consultants for Tesco Ireland wrote…

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Tesco, Musgrave sign Ireland's Food Waste Charter

Tesco Ireland and Musgrave are among the major retail companies that have signed the Irish government's new Food Waste Charter, which aims to find a collaborative and long-term approach to tackling food waste across the sector. Speaking at the signing, Denis Naughten, Ireland's…

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Dunnes Stores seeks bidders for Glasgow Store

Dunnes Stores is reportedly seeking bidders for its six-storey Sauchiehall Street store in Glasgow after closing its doors four months ago, reports The Times. The Irish retailer also reportedly closed a long-standing store in Clydebank’s Clyde Shopping Centre at the same time. It still has operations…

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Aldi on the horizon as Castlecomer area plan set for more consultation

The draft Castlecomer Area Plan is to go forward for a further period of public consultation, following a number of material alterations recommended after the first phase. The initial six-week consultation period saw 28 submissions received in relation to the draft plan. A number of the…

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Selling energy drinks to children: No plans from other retailers to copy Aldi's ban

Other retailers in Ireland have no plans to follow Aldi’s ban of the sale of energy drinks to under 16s. In response to queries from TheJournal.ie, Tesco and Lidl both confirmed that they didn’t have any plans at the moment to follow Aldi’s lead to ban the sale of energy drinks to children under 16…

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Fresh start for Aldi supermarket in Portarlington on Laois Offaly border #pictures

Queues formed in Portarlington as Aldi’s revamped 'Project Fresh' store reopened its doors after an extensive extension and renovation. The newly refurbished store has received a full makeover in line with Aldi’s award-winning Project Fresh store design. The shop floor space has been…

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Lidl announces even more 'Serious Support' for the Ladies Gaelic Football in 2018

Lidl have announced plans for the third year of their partnership with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, at the launch of the 2018 Lidl Ladies National Football Leagues. Following on from the phenomenal success of the #SeriousSupport campaign over the past two years, Lidl have…

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New €15million Lidl to open in Castleknock and create 60 jobs

A new €15million Lidl is set to open in Castleknock after being granted approval in the High Court. The plans include the supermarket as well as a medical centre, cafe, retail units and eight residential apartments. The development of the plans was approved by Fingal County Council in 2016 but was...

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Dealz to open 62nd Irish store in Ballina

Ireland's largest discount retailer, Dealz, will celebrate the opening of their 62nd store in Ballina tomorrow. The new 6,460 sq ft store, located at Bartra House on Pearse Street, will create 20 new jobs in the area. It's the retailer’s second store in Mayo following the opening of the Castlebar…

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Spar franchise operator BWG purchases wholesaler 4 Aces

Retail group BWG, which controls the Spar franchise in Ireland, has agreed to buy 4 Aces Wholesale, a family-owned business based in Co Laois. BWG, whose chief executive is Leo Crawford, is 80pc-owned by stockmarket-listed Spar South Africa. 4 Aces Wholesale generated turnover of €57.5m in…

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Iceland opens third store in Cork

Iceland opened its third store in Cork today, marking the twentieth Iceland store opening in Ireland. The new store is in the Eastside Retail Park, Main Street, Ballincollig, Cork. The store opening brings 26 new jobs to Ballincollig, bringing Iceland’s total number of staff in Ireland to 440 across 20…

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Applegreen's Navan service station to open tomorrow

Applegreen's new service station in the Navan Retail Park will open tomorrow morning, creating 50 new jobs. It is Applegreen's second service station in Navan, with one already located on the Kentstown Road. The new service station is located on the Northern Link Road which connects…

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Holland & Barrett aims for 'digital transformation' and international growth with new appointments

The CEO of Holland & Barrett International says its enrolment of ex-Sainsbury's director Steve Carson as MD and former P&G CMO Roisin Donnelly signals its intent to become one of the world's leading health and wellness brands. Already a major European health and wellness retailer with…

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GameStop Ireland hit by €2.5m losses

Bumper sales of the latest editions of 'Call of Duty' and 'Grand Theft Auto' were not enough to prevent the Irish arm of GameStop recording pre-tax losses of €2.59m last year. Accounts filed by Gamestop Ltd with the Companies Office show that the business recorded the 12.5pc increase in…

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Sligo healthy snacks company agrees €2m deal with Primark

Sligo-based healthy snacks company, Good4U, will sell its products in 280 Primark stores in Europe after agreeing a deal worth roughly €2 million this year. Following consultation with Penneys-owner Primark for the last 18 months, Good4U has agreed to strengthen its flagship brand’s presence in…

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Asos revenues surge as same-day deliveries boost sales

ONLINE fashion retailer ASOS saw a jump in revenues in the final months of 2017, boosted by international sales and the draw of same-day deliveries at its UK business. In its latest trading update, the company reported a 28 per cent rise in total group revenue to £808.4 million for the…

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Asos launch unlimited, next-day delivery in Ireland with new 'ASOS Premier' service

We've all been there... You've seen that dress or pair of shoes on ASOS that you need for the weekend - if only you could get them delivered on time. Well, now you can. ASOS have launched its latest innovation in Ireland - a brand new, next day delivery service called ASOS Premier. The new…

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Popular pre-loved luxury handbag store opens second outlet in Dublin's city centre

A popular pre-loved luxury handbag and accessories retailer in Dublin has announced the opening of a second store in the city centre. The Designer Exchange (DE) on Dawson St celebrated the shop's fifth birthday last November - and founder Paddy Coughlan believed it was time for an expansion…

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Harry Corry to open new Limerick store this Friday

Harry Corry is proud to announce the opening of a new store at Ennis Road Retail Park in Limerick. This will now mark two stores present in County Limerick. The store will be opening at Unit 4, Ennis Road Retail Park from Friday, February 2. This store will have a range of in store offers on across all…

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Supermac's to create 400 jobs with opening of six new restaurants in 2018

Supermac's is set to create 400 jobs with the opening of six new restaurants across the country. The new outlets in the chain will bring the total amount of the group's stores in Ireland to 114 in the first half of 2018. The planned openings will be in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, three in Cork at Ballyvollane…

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Krispy Kreme is officially one step closer to opening their Blanchardstown drive-through

Get movin Niamh! Krispy Kreme is finally coming to Dublin. It’s not like we don’t have enough already. There were rumours last October that the doughnut shop would be opening in Blanchardstown centre, but it’s finally confirmed. According to a planning permission approval…

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Domino's sees profit above estimates on 'X Factor' boost

Domino's Pizza Group said today its annual pre-tax profit would be slightly ahead of market expectations after the television music competition, X Factor, boosted its fourth-quarter sales. The pizza delivery firm said more people ordered food at home since X Factor Final hit television…

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Sainsbury’s shake-up could affect up to 130 posts in NI

The retailer is consulting with staff over plans that will see the number of senior in-store posts slimmed down and replaced with fewer management roles. Affected staff, thought to run into the thousands, will be given the choice of applying for the new roles, accepting a more junior position…

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Northern Ireland shopping centre announces 100 new jobs

Rushmere Shopping Centre today confirmed that work is now under way to expand its Craigavon site after securing investment commitments from two of the world’s biggest restaurant brands, Nando’s and Five Guys. Rushmere Shopping Centre manager Martin Walsh said the new restaurants would…

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Redeveloped west Belfast retail park now fully let

IN a timely boost for the retail sector in the north the Westwood Retail Park in west Belfast is now fully let. Based on Kennedy way in the city, the redeveloped site has attracted a host of well-known brands including Asda, B&M, Harry Corry, Ulster Bank, Air-tastic, and Jollye's, ensuring it is now at…

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Marks & Spencer to close eight UK stores - new shop to open in Northern Ireland

Marks & Spencer has announced the closure of eight stores in the UK. However, none of the retailer's stores in Northern Ireland are affected. Indeed the firm is opening a new store in Newry on Thursday. On Wednesday the chain announced the closure of eight stores with close to 500 jobs…

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Burger King and Superdrug open in Newry

Newry's Buttercrane Shopping Centre has welcomed Burger King and Superdrug as its latest tenants. The businesses occupy over 650 metres of space at the outlet, providing over 35 new jobs. The new Burger King outlet is an 84-seater restaurant and the first in Northern Ireland to use the fast food…

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