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Retail sales see strong growth in July - CSO
The volume of retail sales rose by almost 10% in July when compared to the previous year, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office, with the value of such sales up 6.5%. Motor sales led the rise during the month, with volumes increasing by 18.6% year-on-year, while their value was also higher, up 15.9% on July 2014.
Irish spending longer online than ever before (infographic)
More than a third of Irish people are now spending more than 20 hours online a week, with 95pc of homes across the country currently receiving broadband connectivity. The research, conducted by Switcher.ie, round that a surprisingly large amount of people in Ireland are streaming music (38pc), shopping (60pc) and banking online (69pc).
Ireland's Biggest-Selling Brands Revealed: Checkout Top 100 Brands 2015
Ireland’s biggest brands are putting it up to their international counterparts in the latest edition of the Checkout Top 100 Brands, produced by Checkout magazine in association with Nielsen.
85% Buy More Packed Lunch Ingredients During Back-To-School Period
The latest Consumer Insights from Empathy Research reveals that the majority (85%) of Irish parents buy more packed lunch ingredients such as rolls, sliced bread and bottled minerals when their children return to school.
New car buys boost retail sales to 10-year high
Car sales, boosted by the recent introduction of the ‘152’ registration plates, drove retail sales volumes up nearly 12% last month reaching a 10-year high in the process. Latest data, published yesterday, by the CSO shows consumer spending volumes soared 11.6% in July and by 9.9% yearly. If motor sales are excluded from the equation, July saw a monthly rise of 0.6% in sales volume and of 6.6% annually.
Get a taste of Ireland..Old favourites still top list of most popular foods in our shopping baskets
Irish shopping trolleys are packed with Coca-Cola, Brennans Bread and Avonmore Milk, a list of our 100 favourite brands has revealed. The fizzy drink tops the list for the 11th year in a row but it seems home-grown products are still just as popular as ever.
Ireland's oldest shopping centre to get facelift
Property giant Kennedy Wilson has been given the go-ahead for a major refurbishment of the State's oldest shopping centre, situated in Stillorgan on Dublin's southside. Kennedy Wilson's London-listed investment vehicle secured approval for the revamp of the shopping centre from Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown council.
Tesco still on top despite SuperValu challenge
Tesco has retained its position as the county's top grocery retailer as it continues to fend off challenger SuperValu for domination of the multi-billion euro market.
Tesco Discontinues 'Price Promise' Scheme
Tesco has announced that is will no longer be issuing 'Price Promise' coupons at the checkout, close to two years after the scheme was first introduced. In a statement, Tesco Ireland said, "Our customers have told us that they want great, simple prices on the everyday products that matter most to them. ..."
Dunnes, Lidl up ante in grocery wars
Competition in the retail grocery market intensified in the last quarter, with Tesco continuing to narrow its sales declines, Dunnes closing the gap on its rivals, and the German discounters maintaining their combined record high share of the market.
One More Thing: Harvey Norman profits spark bubbly shindig
Blaine Callard, the chief executive in Ireland of the Aussie retail chain Harvey Norman, hosted a shindig in its head office earlier this month. Or perhaps less of a shindig and more of a ceremony. Until recently, a very large balthazar of champagne – that’s about 12 litres of the good stuff, if you’re thirsty – sat in a glass case in Harvey Norman’s north Dublin head office.
Ballymena's Fairhill Shopping Centre for sale with £52m price tag
Ballymena's Fairhill Shopping Centre - the jewel in the crown of property developer Sam Morrison - is on the market for £52.5m, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal. The centre had been offered for sale along with two other major retail assets belonging to Mr Morrison's company Corbo - Altnagelvin Retail Park in Strabane and the Showgrounds in Omagh.
Council to look at ways to help local retailers
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is to form a team of officers and members to look at the problems affecting the retail sector in local towns and villages.
Shoplifting rises 10% as PSNI launches scheme to help retailers
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Chris Noble, from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), said: "Shoplifting is a very real issue for businesses." Although there has been a reduction in commercial robberies and burglaries, shoplifting now accounts for a quarter of all thefts in Northern Ireland and 6.5% of all recorded crime in the region.
Tesco the first UK supermarket to sell vinyl
Tesco will become the first UK supermarket to tap into the growing vinyl music market next week, when it will sell the new album by British rock legends Iron Maiden.