CPM, Ireland’s leading field sales company, takes a look at the Irish retail news for this week. Every Wednesday we share the recent announcements. 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.
Half Of Irish Shoppers Price Compare Online
Half of Irish consumers have used a price comparison website, according to the latest Consumer Insights survey by Empathy Research. Of 590 participants, men were more likely (53%) to have compared prices online than women (47%). Age wise, 61% of 18-35 year olds and 53% of 35-44 year olds have used price comparison websites when shopping online, which is significantly higher than 45-54 year olds (47%) and 55+ year olds (37%).
CEO: 'No Change' To BWG Retail Brands Following Deal
BWG Group chief executive Leo Crawford has told Retail Intelligence that there will be no change to the retail brands the group operates here, following yesterday's announcement that Spar South Africa has acquired 80% of the business.
Survey: Half Of Shoppers Find Aldi, Lidl 'Welcoming'
Just half of the shoppers surveyed for the recent Visualise Shopper Nation 2014 report found Lidl and Aldi to have 'welcoming' store environments. In comparison, 78% of shoppers said that SuperValu was 'welcoming', followed by around 60% citing Tesco and Dunnnes as 'welcoming'.
Retail sales are bouncing back but there's still reason for worry
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said that prices at stores fell an annual 1.9pc, the most since the series began in 2006. Food-price inflation slowed to a record low of 0.3pc from 0.6pc. "This is great news for households who are benefiting from fierce competition within the industry," said BRC's director general Helen Dickinson
Consumer Market Monitor: Consumer Confidence Continues To Grow
Irish consumer confidence increased 19 points to +8.4 in the second quarter of the year compared to the same period in 2013, according to the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Consumer Market Monitor.
2014 Checkout National FMCG Awards
The 2014 Checkout National FMCG Awards, in association with eXPD8@tradewins take place at the Four Seasons, Dublin, on Friday 7th November. Now in their fifth year, the Checkout National FMCG Awards are designed to recognise best practice in sales, marketing, sponsorship and advertising in the FMCG sector. The Awards will examine areas including new product development (NPD), best-in-class merchandising and sales support, innovation in advertising and marketing, and sponsorships by both retailers and suppliers.
Bord Bia Establishes Support Unit To Assist Companies With Russia Situation
Bord Bia has put in place a dedicated support unit to assist businesses affected by the trade sanctions imposed by Russia last week on EU produce.Exports of Irish food and drink to Russia were valued at €232 million in 2013, with prepared foods accounting for approximately half of this (€112 million). Pigmeat exports accounted for €59 million, while seafood, dairy and beef were valued at €48 million.
Retail Representative Groups Criticise Department Of Health Over Plain Packaging RIA
Retail representative groups including the CSNA and NFRN Ireland have criticised the Regulatory Impact Assessment on plain packaging of tobacco products, published by the Department of Health last week.
Aldi wins 35 awards at the ‘Foodie Oscars’
Aldi stores won more titles than any other retailer in Ireland at the international 2014 Great Taste Awards in London, picking up 35 awards. Aldi’s product range has now won a total of 177 Great Taste Awards.