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Irish retail sector poised to buy into recovery
Whisper it but, facing into 2015, there has been an outbreak of hope within the retail industry. After seven years of fretting across the retail spectrum, there appears to be some light at the end of the long, insolvency-littered tunnel through which the industry has just crawled. And not an oncoming train in sight.
67% Of Irish Adults Cite The New Year As An Influence To Eat Healthier
67% of Irish Adults say that the New Year encourages them to eat healthier, according to the latest Consumer Insights survey from Empathy Research. Of 944 participants, this trend was seen more in women (74%) than in men (60%).
Research reveals more 'offer swooping' by shoppers
Nearly half of people split their shopping between a number of supermarkets. Research carried out by Behaviour and Attitudes for Bord Bia has also found stores like Aldi and Lidl are now a "key component" for many households' shopping habits.
Price inflation dropped to 1.9% in Christmas run-up
The latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, published for the 12 weeks ending 7 December, show that the fierce price competition among the retailers in the run up to Christmas has led to a reduction in the level of price inflation.
Retailers are really happy with their post-Christmas sales
Retailers said that the days between Christmas and New Year’s have been “pretty positive”.
Across Ireland, people queued for sales to start on St Stephen’s Day and shopping centres have been busy since, building on a strong pre-Christmas for retailers.
Shoppers spend €120m in city over festive period
Shoppers will have spent more than €120 million in Galway City over the Christmas and January sales – just marginally up on what was spent during the same period last year. Footfall was definitely up in the city, something city businesses know for sure thanks to a new system used at the Christmas Continental Market which counted 607,000 people walking through Eyre Square during the four weeks.
REI: Black Friday 'Here To Stay'
'Black Friday', the American retail concept that was introduced to Ireland at the end of November, is "here to stay", Sean Murphy, Deputy Chief Executive of Retail Excellence Ireland has told Retail Intelligence. Following the busy Christmas period, Retail Intelligence asked Murphy for his opinion on how the inaugural 'Black Friday' may have boosted (or hampered) pre-Christmas sales.
Thrilling trolley dash at Lidl
Siobhan from Tullow was among 141 lucky winners nationwide of the Lidl Trolley Dash which took place in the build up to Christmas in every store across the country. As well as winning her shopping for free, with an average amount of goods won by each person totalling €350, each winner also contributed to the whooping €135,438 which was raised from ticket sales in just two weeks.
SuperValu launches Signature Tastes Coffee Capsules
SuperValu is introducing coffee pods to suit every coffee lover’s pockets and tastes. It is launching its range of Signature Tastes Coffee Capsules for coffee lovers to enjoy in the comfort of their own home.
Tesco rolls out sweet free checkouts across all Irish stores
Tesco said today that all of its stores in Ireland will have sweet free checkouts from this month. Last May, the retailer announced its commitment to removing sweets and chocolates from all checkouts “to support a healthier Ireland”.
Avoca: from a small mill to empire in Irish retail
A sale is on in Avoca's store on Dublin's Suffolk Street and the place is buzzing. Shoppers are drawn by an eclectic mix of everything from clothes to jewellery, scented candles, crockery, books and food.
Retailers count true cost of Black Friday
It started out as a shameless marketing ploy to part shoppers with their cash. Now retailers are counting the cost of Black Friday as they survey the damage the discounts have done to their profit margins over the festive season.
Approval given for major retail development at derelict site
Cork County Council has approved planning permission for a major retail development to be built at the dilapidated former Seafield Textiles building in Youghal, Co Cork. The application by the local consortium Seafield Group is for a mixed-use neighbourhood centre, including a single-storey, 1,445sq m discount food store, a restaurant, and single-storey offices.
Bewley’s to shut over ‘crippling rents’
Legacy boom-time rents such as those which Bewley’s Café on Grafton Street in Dublin is locked into are a huge drain on retailers and remain a massive concern for the sector, according to a retail representative body.
Northern Ireland retailers concerned at local property charges
Retailers in the North enjoyed strong sales over the Christmas period according to initial feedback but local property charges will be a key issue for businesses this year, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has said.