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Panic buying triggers 23% growth in retail sales says Nielsen
With retailers now at the frontline of visible commercial activity in Ireland at the moment, new figures from Nielsen show that grocery sales increased by 23% when compared to the same time last year and by 16% when compared to the previous week, according to the latest…
€363m supermarket sweep for loo roll, beer and hand sanitiser falls just below peak Christmas trade
A €363million splurge last week was only €3million below the peak Christmas trade, and analysts believe alcohol and beauty products will be the next items to surge as people adapt to quarantined living.
Annual retail sales broadly flat before virus shutdown – CSO
Retail sales fell by 4.3% on a monthly basis in February to stand 0.3% lower on an annual basis, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show. The data was collected before the coronavirus outbreak shut down most of the country's shops.
Retail Excellence urges members to prioritise food sales over other depts
Retail Excellence Ireland has urged its members to shut all textiles, clothing and homeware departments to prioritise food. The statement by the retail representative body comes ahead of an expected increase in government restrictions on movement and social activity.
List of essential retailers updated with some removed
The Government has updated the list of retail outlets which it has deemed essential enough to remain open despite the new Covid-19 restrictions. It continues to allow food stores, newsagents, off-licences and others to keep their doors open, but withdraws full opening…
Contactless payment limit will increase to €50 next week, as cash transactions drop by 20%
Contactless payments will increase from €30 to €50 by Wednesday 1 April. Speaking on RTÉ Radio One today, Brian Hayes of the Banking Federation said the increased limit is already in place in some large retailers around the country.
75% of stores implement contactless payment increase
The increase of contactless payment amounts has been implemented in 75% of retail grocery and convenience store outlets nationwide. Last week it was announced that the contactless payment limit was to increase from €30 to €50.
Irish farmhouse cheesemakers fear possible 75% drop in sales
A member survey carried out by Cáis highlighted fears for significant job losses and an estimated 75% drop in sales as a result of the closure of foodservice outlets and farmers markets which accounted for the majority of sales in 2019.
Coronavirus hitting dairy, cheese and meat industries
Irish cheesemakers say there has been a 75% drop in sales as a result of coronavirus. The closure of farmers' markets has been a big issue and the closure of many food services' outlets has also hit demand.
Ireland sees 50pc surge in web traffic due to lockdown usage of Zoom and Netflix
Figures from data infrastructure companies show that web traffic over the last week is 50pc higher than the annual average. It is also up over 10pc compared to this time last month, achieving a record spike during the Taoiseach’s address to the nation on St Patrick's Day.
Online retail sales soar due to virus restrictions
Online retail sales revenue jumped by 110% during March compared to the previous four weeks, driven by movement restrictions put in place by the Government to counteract the spread of Covid-19. That is according to new data compiled by digital marketing agency…
Shop online and support Kilkenny food producers
Supporting local food is now a mainstream trend, with more and more people seeking out fresh, local options for produce and other foods. Avoiding the packed supermarkets and sustainability are two more excellent reasons to eat more local food.
Where to get the best value Easter eggs as Irish people to celebrate in lockdown
Easter is less than two weeks away - and it looks like we’ll all be celebrating indoors. With Ireland in lockdown, there has never been a better excuse to treat everyone at home to an egg-stra special chocolate treat.
How Dunnes, Tesco, and Aldi have rewarded staff for hard work during crisis
Supermarkets around the country are at the busiest ever with people stocking up during this Covid-19 pandemic. All main shops have implemented in-store changes to opening hours and layouts to follow social distancing guidelines and keep staff and shoppers safe.
Tesco, Aldi and Lidl on when they re-stock shelves with message to customers
Supermarkets across Ireland are now many people's only trips outside the house of the day as full lockdown takes hold of Ireland. Shoppers all over the country are heading to the shops every few days to stock up on essentials although many are finding empty shelves.
Tesco Ireland to introduce priority shopping hours for healthcare workers
Tesco Ireland has announced the introduction of priority shopping for healthcare workers during the Covid-19 coronavirus emergency. In a statement issued on Friday (27 March), the supermarket giant noted that the dedicated shopping hours will commence from Tuesday 31 March…
Tesco Ireland update on delivery services as they make request to customers
Tesco Ireland is asking customers to utilise their click and collect service instead of deliveries due to high demand. With the country now in a full lockdown, many people are using the supermarket's delivery service to avoid heading outside during this crisis.
Tesco unable to increase contactless payments limits
Tesco Ireland has notified the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) that regretfully, it will not be increasing contactless limits from €30 to €50 from today (1 April), for card or phone payments.
Tesco to maintain beef prices until June
Tesco Ireland has said it is to maintain the same price it is paying for beef up until June of this year. The company said that it is "very conscious" of the pressure which beef farmers are under with beef prices falling at factory gates and says it wants to offer support to farmers.
Dunnes agrees to pay workers a 10% Covid-19 pay increase
Dunnes Stores has agreed that it will pay its workers a 10% Covid-19 premium payment backdated to March 9, 2020. The move will bring the Irish owned company in line with other retailers including Aldi and Tesco who both have similar payment increases in place for its staff during the crisis.
Aldi donates €50,000 to FoodCloud to assist with staff support
Aldi Ireland has announced further support for its charity partner FoodCloud, including a €50,000 donation to assist with additional staff support as well as increasing food donations. The discounter said that it has pledged additional food donations and a staff support fund…
Aldi fast-tracks payment for over 200 of it's Irish suppliers
Aldi Ireland has announced that it will reduce payment terms for its small and medium sized Irish suppliers in response to the COVID-19 crisis, ensuring suppliers get paid as quickly as possible. The new terms apply to all suppliers that transact up to €1 million worth of business…
Aldi gives staff 10% bonus on pay until end of April
Aldi Ireland has announced it is giving over 3,800 workers at its stores and distribution centres a 10% bonus for hours worked since early March. The supermarket chain said staff members would received a 10% supplement to their hourly pay, backdated to March 9, until the end of April.
Lidl launches emergency donation appeal
Lidl said that it is appealing to customers who would like to purchase an extra tinned or long shelf-life product to leave it in a dedicated trolley in stores this weekend, Saturday 28 March and Sunday 29 March.
Nine changes to Lidl stores you will notice amid Covid-19 crisis
Shops and supermarkets all over the country are having to make changes as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. Lidl, Aldi, Tesco, Supervalu and all main stores have made alterations to opening hours and operations which you can read in full here.
Frontline healthcare workers to be given priority at all Lidl stores
Frontline healthcare workers will be given priority at Lidl Ireland stores from Thursday. The retailer said the new measures are designed to support those "going above and beyond" to serve communities across the country.
Up to two week wait for supermarket home deliveries in Cork
If you are shopping online for food, staples and groceries in Cork - you could be waiting up to two weeks for your delivery. The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has seeen the two main supermarket chains that do home deliveries - Tesco and Supervalu - swamped with orders…
Online sales surge at Dixons Carphone amid Covid shutdown
Online sales have surged at electricals retailer Dixons Carphone as consumers scramble to adapt to growing restrictions on movement and social engagement. The group, which trades as Carphone Warehouse and Currys PC World, said it had experienced “very good sales…
Ireland’s largest department stores cancel online business in ‘odd’ move
Ireland’s two largest departments stores have suspended their online sales as part of the coronavirus lockdown. The online shutdown was criticised by consumer groups as ‘odd’ as the Government’s coronavirus clampdown does not include a halt to online orders or deliveries.
Will Covid-19 force Primark to rethink decision not to sell online?
The coronavirus pandemic has shone a spotlight once more on discount fashion retailer Primark’s decision to eschew online sales. Primark, which trades in its Irish home market as Penneys, is an outlier in its industry. It seems incongruous for a youth-focused retailer…
Penneys puts plan for new store in Dundrum Town Centre on hold
Fashion chain Penneys has put on hold talks to take two floors in the Republic’s biggest shopping centre as it grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic. Penneys – known as Primark outside the State – last week said it would suspend rent payments on its 37 Irish stores as it shut…
Shopping centre landlord Hammerson in talks about rents with Irish retailers
Shopping centre landlord Hammerson — best known in Ireland for its Dundrum, Kildare Village, and Ilac shopping centres — said it in talks with retailers about rents after the closure of its flagship outlets.
Northern Ireland Retail jobs available now
People are hearing difficult news about their jobs across the country, but employment opportunities are still coming up. And one sector in need of new staff right now is retail. So keep your chin up everyone, and have a look at these roles to see if any of them could work for you.