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Irish Convenience Stores ‘The Best In Europe’, Study Finds
Ireland’s convenience and forecourt stores offer a level of service, quality and range that surpasses that of other European markets, according to a study produced by him! International ahead of next week's Checkout Conference.
Demand For Alternative Flavoured Ciders On The Increase
Following on from the launch of Bulmers 'Forbidden Flavours' last year, and given the plethora of flavour types available in the Cider category, the latest Consumer Insights report from Empathy Research has found that demand for 'alternative' cider flavours is on the increase.
Sales of fruit & veg soar but Ireland is still only getting HALF of its 5-a-Day
Though it would seem as a nation we are more informed than ever on achieving a healthy lifestyle, research shows that we are only getting half of our 5-a-day. The majority of us know about 5-a-day (75%), but only 36% of us actually consume it.
Shoppers spend an additional €77 million on groceries during Christmas 2015
A strong uplift for the Irish grocery market has been revealed in the latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, published for the 12 weeks ending 3 January. Shoppers relaxed their purse strings over Christmas, resulting in an overall market growth of 3.5% – the strongest since January 2009.
Q4 Sees Grocery Industry Sales On The Up
According to the latest Retail Excellence Ireland and Grant Thornton Q4 Retail Productivity Review, produced in partnership with GfK, the grocery sector was one of the standout performers in the retail industry in Q4 2015 in terms of like for like sales.
Black Friday, floods, and "McGregor effect" defined 2015 Christmas shopping
New figures show that Black Friday sales have been embraced by Irish retailers and shoppers, and led to a significant change in Christmas shopping patterns.
Retailers have been having a torrid time - and it's not over yet
Consumer spending dominates economic activity. 'Private consumption', as it is known in economics jargon, accounts for more than two thirds of GDP in most economies - far bigger than government consumption or investment, the other two main components of domestic demand.
Interest high in Dublin retail expo
More than 600 representatives from leading Irish and UK retail firms are due to attend the Completely Retail & Leisure Marketplace Ireland exhibition on February 23rd at The Printworks, Dublin Castle.
Retail body credits the 'McGregor effect' for increased Menswear sales
Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) has said that the ‘McGregor effect’ helped boost sales of Menswear in the final quarter of 2015. According to the Grant Thornton REI Q4 Retail Productivity Review, the Irish retail sector enjoyed a robust trading period, despite inclement weather seeing early momentum dissipate in some sectors.
Tesco is looking to cut long-term staff’s wages in a big way…
Tesco Ireland has to ask all staff who have been with the company for more than 20 years to sign up to new contracts in a series of new personnel moves. The company, which has been locked in a battle with Super Valu for top spot in the Irish supermarket wars for some time, is asking all staff who have been working there since before 1996 to sign up to contracts for greatly-reduced pay.
Aldi Ireland to donate €840,000 to Foróige
Aldi Ireland is to give €840,000 in support to youth development organisation Foróige over the course of its current three-year partnership. Aldi also confirmed the establishment of a network of more than 120 Charity Champions in its stores to co-ordinate the programme, work closely with local charities and encourage Aldi staff involvement.
Tesco and An Taisce appeals help end Aldi Ardee move
Aldi’s bid to build a new supermarket at Cappockgreen on the outskirts of Ardee have been dashed by An Bord Pleanala – after appeals from An Taisce and rival supermarket chain Tesco led to their conditional planning permission award being overturned.
Dunnes Stores to acquire two meat wholesale businesses
Dunnes Stores’ acquisition of two meat wholesaling companies, Whelan Food & Meat Processors Limited and Tipperary Sustainable Food Company Limited, is currently being investigated by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).
Centra kicks off new 5-a-Day campaign
The “5-a-day” concept has been around forever, whereby people are encouraged to have five portions of fruit and/or vegetables ever day. It’s a simple rule that guides us toward a healthy diet, but new research suggests that while 75% are aware of the 5-a-day idea, only 36% of us actually adhere to it.
Gala Retail Is 'Not For Sale', CEO Confirms
Following a Sunday Independent article last week that suggested that Barry Group may be considering a bid for rival Gala Retail, Gala chief executive Gary Desmond has confirmed to Retail Intelligence that the group is "not for sale".
Musgrave Exits EMD Buying Group
Musgrave Group has left the European buying group EMD by mutual consent. The Cork-based business made the decision as it "purchases the majority of goods from Irish suppliers," a Musgrave spokesperson told Checkout.
Musgrave to acquire C.J. O’Loughlin Quality Foods
Musgrave Group is set to acquire Wexford-based foodservice business C.J. O’Loughlin Quality Foods, providing the deal is cleared by the Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).
Quiet ‘anaesthesis’ for spouses as Brown Thomas plans pub
Spouses and partners of customers at one of Ireland’s leading stores will be able to “quietly anaesthetise” themselves in comfort while waiting to hear the size of the shopping bill, a judge was told on Thursday.
Green Property plans €1bn sale of Blanchardstown Centre
The Blanchardstown Centre in west Dublin, Ireland’s biggest retail complex, will be put up for sale next month by its owner, Green Property Group. It is understood that the company will seek about €1 billion for an asset that is likely to attract the attention of large international investment groups, big pension funds and sovereign wealth funds.
Brexit is the 'biggest threat' to Northern Ireland's food and drink companies
The threat of withdrawal from the EU by the UK is the "biggest cloud on the horizon" for food and drink firms in Northern Ireland, it has been claimed.
Clothing retailer Blue Inc set to close 70 shops across UK but hasn't said whether Northern Ireland stores will shut
The company has not confirmed whether any of the stores here will be affected. One staff member said no stores in Northern Ireland would be closing their doors as part of the cuts. Blue Inc currently has 232 stores throughout the UK.
Major Expansion Lined Up By Retail Giant
Retail giant Dunnes Stores has submitted plans to expand its presence at a Northern Ireland retail park as part of an investment it believes will "breathe life" into the wider development.