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Irish Retail at a Glance

Irish Retail at a Glance

Posted by Maëlle Le Ruyet on Jan 24, 2018 3:26:00 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. 

 

Irish retailers move to adapt to new age of technology

Irish retailers have moved to adapt to a new age of technology, according to the latest figures published today from Retail Ireland Skillnet, the education and training division of Retail Ireland. Almost 70,000 training days were facilitated in 2017 as Irish retailers continued to embrace…

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Almost all Irish adults make efforts to eat healthy

Over 9 in 10 (92%) adults are currently making efforts to eat healthier or exercise more, with females (94%) marginally more likely to be doing so than males (90%). Recent research on behalf of Retail Intelligence by Empathy Research, amongst a nationally representative sample of 1,013…

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Mastercard makes biometric id a must-have for all partners

Mastercard has announced that all banks issuing Mastercard-branded cards to customers will have to be able to offer biometric authentication for remote transactions, alongside existing PIN and password verifications, from April 2019. The deadline, which will also apply to all contactless…

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Tesco Ireland confirms Irish stores unaffected by jobs cuts in the UK

Tesco Ireland has given an update on the future of Irish jobs following major jobs cuts in the UK. Over in Britain, a total of 1,700 shop floor roles were axed from stores in a bid to "simplify its operational structures." Irish workers were fearful that they were next to get the chop. Fortunately, …

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Tesco revives new store plan after retail sales recovery makes it 'viable'

British retail giant Tesco has indicated that at least one proposed new store halted by the downturn could now restart because of the improved retail environment in Ireland. The company is seeking to reheat abandoned plans for a major new store in Wicklow. In a submission to the local authority…

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Tesco UK under fire for preferring Irish beef

The UK's National Beef Association (NBA) has criticised Tesco for preferring Irish to British beef over the Christmas period. The NBA quizzed Tesco over the lack of British beef available on its shelves over the festive period. The farming organisation said Tesco’s response was that the retailer is…

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Aldi’s Roscrea store staff award St. Anne’s Special School €500 grant

Aldi is delighted to announce that St. Anne’s Special School is the latest charity to benefit from Aldi’s Community Grants programme. Aldi’s Roscrea store staff have awarded St. Anne’s Special School a €500 grant in recognition of its vital work and contribution within the local community and to help…

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Aldi staff to their bit for charity

The Donegal Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre is the latest charity to benefit from Aldi’s Community Grants programme. Aldi’s Ramelton Road, Letterkenny store staff have awarded Donegal Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre a €500 grant in recognition of its vital work and…

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Aldi banning sale of energy drinks to under 16s

Aldi is to restrict the sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to anyone under 16 years of age, making it the first retailer in Ireland to introduce this measure. Customers buying soft drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre will be asked to prove their age from 1 March 2018 in Aldi’s 130…

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Lidl donates €1,000 to Prosper Fingal Balbriggan

Lidl Ireland has donated €1000 to Prosper Fingal, as its chosen Charity of the Week – a new initiative in the Lidl Community Works programme. The company donates €1000 every week for a year to local charities and groups across Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and will run alongside…

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2018 SPAR FAI Primary School 5s programme is launched

Former Republic of Ireland International Keith Andrews and current Republic of Ireland Women’s International Megan Campbell were on hand today to launch the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme with a pop up training session at Keith’s former primary school, Scoil Mhuire CBS…

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Iceland supermarket which is expanding to Laois is ending plastic packaging

The UK supermarket chain Iceland which is opening a store in Portlaoise in the coming months, has announced that it aims to be plastic-free across its own label range by 2023. The frozen food retailer today Wednesday January 17, announced its commitment to the environment by becoming the…

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Dealz launches Pep&Co fashion outlets with most items less than €5

Savvy shoppers will be snapping up the latest trends as low cost retailer Dealz launches its own fashion outlets. 30 new Pep&Co pop-up shops within ten existing stores will see 120 extra jobs created nationwide. Driving bargains into the high street market, nearly two-thirds of the stock…

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Penneys untroubled by Dealz threat

Dealz, the Irish operation of UK discount store Poundland, plans to introduce its own in-store clothing line in direct competition to Penneys here and Primark in the UK. A spokesperson for Primark/ Penneys said the company does not comment on competitors.However, John Bason…

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Revenue up at Penney’s owner on record sales

Group sales at Penney’s owner Associated British Foods (ABP) increased 4pc year-on-year in constant currency in the 16 weeks to 6 January. The performance was driving by increased sales in the company’s Primark clothing chain, with Primark achieving record sales in the week before…

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New insights help fashion retailer make smarter inventory decisions

River Island understands the value of a single view of orders and available inventory — especially as it grows. In addition to an online operation, the British retailer operates over 320 stores across the U.K. and Ireland, and internationally throughout Asia, the Middle East and Europe. As the company…

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Eason confirms closure of stores in Craigavon and Newry

Eason in Craigavon is to close after decades based at Rushmere Shopping Centre, it is understood. And the Dublin-based firm is shutting its Newry store. The closures are being blamed on failing to secure terms on the stores’ leases. A spokesperson for Eason said: “We can confirm the closure of…

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Record sales at Dixons Carphone Ireland over Christmas

Dixons Carphone Ireland enjoyed record growth of more than 12 per cent in sales over the Christmas and New Year period. The company, which incorporates Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse, said sales “massively exceeded our expectations”. Currys PC World performed “exceptionally well”…

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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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Exit of investor in H&M retailer weighs on shares

One of H&M’s largest shareholders has lost its patience. BSkandia’s actively managed funds have spent the past months selling off most of its stake in Hennes & Mauritz after watching the fashion retailer struggle with weakening sales in its physical stores and intensifying online competition.

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Dublin's southsiders may be getting their very own Ikea

Swedish home furnishing giant Ikea is exploring the option of an additional site in south Dublin, The Irish Times has learned. At the request of Ikea, a meeting was held with officials of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, at which the company outlined its trading situation in Ireland and the…

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Northern Ireland's first 'social supermarkets' to open

The first 'social supermarkets' are to open in Northern Ireland to help people living in food poverty. Five community organisations will operate the shops, in Londonderry, Belfast, Coleraine, Lisburn and Strabane. The supermarkets will sell cheaper than usual products to people receiving welfare…

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Asda exhibits plans to extend its west Belfast supermarket

Supermarket giant Asda is hoping to extend its west Belfast superstore by 7,000 sq ft in a move that will allow it to cater to more online shoppers. If Asda's proposals go ahead, the shop will see its total retail space in west Belfast expand to almost 50,000 sq ft. And the store at Westwood Retail Park…

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