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Irish retail aims to be back in fashion
On February 24, about 350 attendees from across the retail and investment market will congregate at the chq building in Dublin for the Completely Retail and Leisure Marketplace, “a deals focused” networking event.
Cautious optimism for Irish retail sector
Struggling shops can look forward to 2015 with a sense of cautious optimism, a leading business body has said. With thousands more in employment, greater disposable incomes and an improved level of consumer confidence predictions that the pace of recovery will increase during this year, have been made by industry representatives, Retail Ireland.
Indicators point to further retail recovery in 2015
Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the retail sector, today published its Q1 Retail Monitor (see attached pdf), with key indicators pointing to further improvements in the sector's performance this year. This follows positive trends during 2014 and a Christmas trading period up on 2013. Strong January VAT returns, which were €225 million or 12.9% ahead of last year, suggest the recovery is starting to gain traction.
Grocery Regulations 'Will Impact Every Area' Of Retailer Supplier Relationships
The grocery goods regulations being proposed by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton will 'impact every area of a business operating in the [retail] sector including financial, marketing, sales, packaging, compliance and delivery and logistics', according to law firm A&L Goodbody.
92% of Consumers With Children Buy Ham As Part of Weekly Shop
The latest Consumer Insights survey from Empathy Research has found that more than nine out of ten (92%) Irish consumers with children buy ham as part of their weekly shop. The survey also found that more than eight out of ten (85%) of all Irish consumers purchase the pork product.
Off-licence group chair says only cheapest drink will rise in price
The price of all but the cheapest alcoholic drinks will not be affected by the introduction of minimum pricing, industry sources have said. The chairwoman of the National Off-Licence Association, Evelyn Jones, said if proposed new rules on minimum prices were introduced, large retailers which had been engaged in below-cost selling of cheap wines, spirits and beers would be forced to delist certain products.
Pride of Ireland awards 2015: Lidl bus takes to the road to find country's unsung heroes
The Lidl bus takes to the road today urging the Irish public to get nominating their unsung heroes for the Pride of Ireland Awards 2015. The Irish Daily Mirror and Lidl have teamed up once again to find inspirational people who have done their communities – and their country – proud.
Over 500,000 meals donated to charities across Ireland by Tesco using surplus food
Over 500,000 meals or 230 tonnes of surplus food from Tesco stores has been donated to charities across the country since the launch of its partnership with FoodCloud last July.
Kenmare Centra enjoys record year
For Robert and Andrea Whyte, owners of the Kenmare Centra convenience store, 2014 was a record year. Andrea says the store greatly expanded its offerings of new healthier food ranges, boosted sales of its “own brand” range of products, and saw a sharp rise in pizza sales after introducing a pizza delivery service last spring.
Northern Ireland’s longest serving Costcutter retailer joins Nisa
Nisa Retail has announced that Northern Ireland’s longest serving Costcutter retailer is to be rebranded under the Nisa Local fascia. Walter and Gillian Millar, who served under the Costcutter fascia for over 25 years, said problems following the retailer’s distribution changes had prompted the move.
Weak Northern economy set to drive shoppers south
Cross-border shopping patterns are set to switch from a south-north trend to a north-south one as the retail industry becomes the latest area to be squeezed by the contracting private sector economy in the North.