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Healthy rise in sales but no return to boom
Retail sales rose strongly in the first quarter but the sales uplift still appears to be far from indicating a return to a boom-time spending spree. The latest CSO figures suggest sales of clothing, furnishings and lighting, pharmacies, and supermarkets tapped large increases in retail spending…
Irish business and consumer sentiment rises on Brexit delay
Business and consumer sentiment rose in the State in April as the threat of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal eased as the date of its departure was pushed back by seven months to the end of October, according to a new report from Bank of Ireland.
Strong retail sales suggest Irish consumers unperturbed by Brexit
Retail sales hit a three-year high in March once car purchases are excluded, as consumer shrugged off the threat from Brexit. Sales were up 8.2 per cent year-on-year in March, the highest rate of increase recorded in non-car retail sales for more than three years…
Irish retail sales for March show 'exceptional' 8.2% year-on-year increase
Irish retail sales (excluding cars) data for March show an exceptional year-on-year increase of 8.2% in volume terms but this comparison is significantly flattered by the particular weakness of March 2018 data when Storm Emma significantly curtailed spending.
Irish households throw away €700 worth of food annually, research shows
Irish households throw away €700 worth of food on an annual basis, research shows. However, in Ireland, one in 10 people experience food poverty, while one million tonnes of food is thrown out by Irish businesses and consumers every year, according to research…
Two thirds of consumers buy toothpaste monthly or more, research shows
Toothpaste continues to be the most frequently purchased personal care item amongst adults, with almost two thirds (65%) claiming to purchase once a month or more often, although purchase frequency has dropped back somewhat since 2018 levels (69%).
Changing eating habits creating appetite for new food firms
The way Irish people are eating is changing, in urban areas particularly. Thanks to the success of German discounters Aldi and Lidl, value is high on the agenda. This has forced the likes of Marks & Spencer (not exactly known for being cheap) to tailor value messages specifically…
Retail sales up in Q1 but womenswear sales fall by more than 2%
Sales of women’s clothing in Irish shops declined more than 2 per cent in the first three months of the year as the relentless growth of online shopping continues, according to the latest industry data. Menswear sales rose by almost 5 per cent over the same period, however…
Diversity in the retail experience can save our town centres
Every town and city needs to prepare for shifting shopping patterns to survive, writes Sarah Thatt-Foley. Retail is changing, there is no question about that. Since Amazon launched its online shop in 1995, the disruption caused by e-commerce has happened at a rate and scale…
Card usage not getting the credit it deserves
Credit cards are generally considered a symbol of financial irresponsibility, often becoming a drain on the household budget. This is not necessarily the case and if used correctly may even be beneficial. The problem is that they are the most widely and easily available…
Complaints over food and drink advertising in Ireland spiked in 2018
Complaints about food and drink advertising doubled in the space of a year, new figures show. The Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI) said there were 289 made last year compared to just 115 in 2017.
Business and media leaders pay tribute to 'a giant of Irish retail'
The world of business and media has begun to pay tribute to Feargal Quinn, who passed away following a short illness. Among the first to comment on Mr Quinn’s passing was Fairtrade Ireland, who twitted that without him fair trade in Ireland would not exist.
Londis announced as finalists for two All Ireland Marketing Awards
Londis’ ‘Local Like You’ advertising and social media campaign has been announced as a finalists at the prestigious All Ireland Marketing Awards 2019 (AIM) and has also been shortlisted in the An Post Smart Marketing Awards.
Gala launches ‘Family Fun’ Holiday promotion in stores nationwide
Gala Retail has today announced its plans to launch a holiday giveaway in-stores with it’s ‘Gala Family Fun’ promotion. The Gala Family Fun competition is offering Gala customers the chance to win a trip to five destinations including Disneyland, Florida; EuroDisney…
Aldi sponsors National Brown Bread Baking Competition
Aldi Ireland has announced that it will once again sponsor the National Brown Bread Baking Competition. This year the event is in association with the National Ploughing Association (NPA) and the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA).
BWG Foods owner reportedly set to acquire major control of Polis retailer
South Africa's Spar Group, which owns BWG Food Group in Ireland, is reportedly set to take majority control of Piotr I Pawel, a Polish retailer. As reported by Checkout's sister publication, ESM: European Supermarket Magazine, the Spar Group is partnering with…
Applegreen launch first Irish made vegan sausage roll
Applegreen PLC is the first retailer in Ireland to launch an Irish made ready to eat vegan sausage roll, at a special introductory price of €1. Launching yesterday, appropriately on what has become known as ‘meatless Monday,’ the forecourt retailer has started selling Irish made…
Fallon & Byrne seeks investors as it looks to double in size
The high-profile Dublin foodhall and restaurant group Fallon & Byrne has hired Goodbody stockbrokers to raise about €6 million of fresh capital to fund a major expansion plan, according to market sources.
Marks and Spencer identify site in heart of Limerick city
Leading retailer Marks & Spencer has identified a site in the Arthurs Quay area to finally open in Limerick. The Limerick Leader can reveal the British retailer – which has been looking at opening here since the 1970s – has scoped out a site close to the former Dunnes Stores…
Irish branches of Debenhams avoid closure
Irish branches of Debenhams have avoided cuts with 22 shops in the UK set to close their doors. 1,200 jobs are at risk in the UK, as the struggling chain's new owners try to return it to profitability. The chain has outlets in Dublin, Cork, Kerry, Kildare, Limerick and Waterford…
Control of €6bn fashion outlets group shifts to Ireland ahead of Brexit
Value Retail, the owner of Kildare Village fashion retail centre, has shifted control of its almost €6 billion European portfolio of outlets centres from the UK to its Irish operation, in a move that the company says was spurred by Brexit.
Next benefits from warm Easter with 4.5% sales rise
Home and fashion retailer Next on Wednesday said warm weather over the Easter holiday drove a 4.5 per cent rise in full-price first-quarter sales, beating its own forecasts of a 3.2 per cent rise. Next, which trades from more than 500 stores in Britain and Ireland, about 200 stores…
Primark to move design and buying functions from UK to Dublin
Discount clothing retailer Primark is to move all of its buying, sourcing and merchandising staff and functions to its Dublin headquarters. The company, which trades here as Penneys, currently divides these functions between Dublin and its Reading office.
Clarks steps up modernisation
Clarks is one of the UK’s most iconic brands. The retailer sold nearly 48 million pairs of shoes in In 2017/18, and has more than 500 stores in the UK and Ireland and nearly a thousand in the United States, Asia and mainland Europe.
The Park will create new retail, leisure space in Carrickmines
Iput's success in securing the green light for its new development at The Park Retail Park at Carrickmines appears to have raised little controversy in the local elections even though it will likely contribute to a glut of retail space in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown (DLR) County Council area.
Retail expert calls for investment in Belfast's flagging city centre
Belfast's Donegall Place, formerly the city centre's prime shopping area, needs more investment to thrive following the effects of the Primark fire, it has been claimed. Donegall Place has recently been boosted by the reopening of fashion giant Zara, which had been shut following…