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Irish consumer sentiment improves again in January
Irish consumer sentiment improved for the third month in a row in January, research shows. However, according to the latest KBC Bank Ireland Consumer Sentiment Index the latest reading is still substantially lower than it was a year ago and also notably below the average…
Jobs growth underpins rising Irish retail sales
Irish retail sales in December were up 3.2pc compared to the same month in 2018, according to official Central Statistics Office (CSO) data. Retail growth in the vital Christmas shopping season in Ireland was in contrast to the UK, where data yesterday showed sales flat-lined…
Irish retail sales up 3.2% in December
The total value of Irish retail sales rose by 3.2% in December 2019, compared with the same month the previous year, according to Retail Ireland, the group that represents the Irish retail sector. Volume sales were up 5.4% for the period.
Retail sales rebound in December – CSO
The volume of retail sales increased by 5.8% on an annual basis in December compared to annual growth of 1.4% in November, the Central Statistics Office said today. Today's figures show that retail sales volumes rose by 3.6% in December from November, with sales of food…
Amazon world’s most valued brand at $200bn+
Amazon has made history as the first brand in the Brand Finance Global 500 ranking to exceed US$200 billion value mark and retains title of world’s most valuable brand for third consecutive year. Following 18 per cent growth from $187.9bn last year, Amazon’s brand value…
Ireland’s Drinks Industry supports online safeguards to prevent underage drinking
Drinks Ireland has announced that it has recently signed up to a number of commitments to tackle underage drinking such as 'reducing the exposure of young people to alcohol online by continuing to work with digital platforms to implement rigorous online safeguards.'
The rise of a new type of consumer: the 'Flexitarian'
As opposed to ditching meat entirely, many consumers are now opting to cut down on their meat intake and alternating between a vegan/vegetarian and meat-based diet. This has given rise to a new type of consumer dubbed the ‘Flexitarian’, writes Donna Ahern.
Next government must address key retail challenges, says Retail Ireland
Retail Ireland, has said the next Government must address key challenges facing the sector in the next Programme for Government. Election 2020 will take place on Saturday, 8 February, 2020. The Ibec group that represents the retail sector, has set out a series of key asks…
New Tesco boss Murphy's start date revealed
Britain's biggest retailer Tesco will have to wait until October before its new boss can start, it said on Monday. Tesco said in October last year that Chief Executive Dave Lewis was stepping down in the summer of 2020 after six years in the top job and will...
Smith’s SuperValu Kinsale is shining a light on sustainability
Smith’s SuperValu Kinsale are spearheading environmental change in the Irish retail sector, as they partner with the SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) who provided funding for community upgrade projects.
Aldi announces opening date of new Laytown, Co.Meath Store
Aldi has announced that it will open the doors for the first time of it's new store in Laytown, Co.Meath, on Thursday 6 February, 2020. Featuring Aldi’s award-winning 'Project Fresh' layout and design, the new store boasts a large shop floor spanning 1254m, 110 free…
Aldi Ireland extends IRFU partnership for next four years
Aldi Ireland has extended its partnership with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) in a new four-year deal. The new contract sees Aldi extend its commitment to the Aldi Play Rugby programme, a national initiative for primary school children, the discount retailer explained.
Coll-8 and Spar-owner BWG to roll out parcels service at 1,100 stores
Start-up delivery software firm Coll-8 has clinched an agreement with the owner of Spar, Mace, and Londis for shoppers to pick up parcels at 1,100 shops, a move it says will shake up delivery-and-returns for all online purchases made in the Republic.
Centra records sales worth €1.7bn in 2019, 4% annual increase on 2018
Centra has recorded sales of €1.7 billion in 2019, a 4% year-on-year increase on 2018. Centra’s continued success stems from its 2016 brand repositioning to redefine the traditional convenience store experience with a healthier, more innovative offering across its network.
Dealz-Owner Pepco's revenue jumps in Christmas quarter
Pepco Group, the owner of British discount retailer Dealz, on Wednesday reported rising revenue in the Christmas quarter and forecast more growth in the balance of its 2019-20 financial year. Pepco Group, which also owns the PEPCO and Poundland brands in Europe…
Harvey Norman to open Knocknacarra store in April with the creation of over 60 jobs
Harvey Norman is to open its new store in Knocknacarra in April with the creation of over 60 jobs. The major retail outlet will be located at the Gateway Retail Park, on the Western Distributor Road beside Dunnes Stores and others such as B&Q.
Starbucks plans to launch plant-based breakfast sandwich this year
Starbucks Corp has said that it is planning to introduce a breakfast sandwich with a plant-based patty in the United States and Canada this year. Last week, the coffee chain said that it is aiming to add more plant-based food and drinks to its menu as part of its latest plan to…
McDonald’s targets 'ambitious' Irish expansion
McDonald’s has “ambitious” plans to grow further in Ireland, although it has no confirmed intention to open new restaurants this year. The fast food giant opened five new restaurants last year — in Kildare, Wexford, Westmeath, and two in Cork; in Fermoy and Ballincollig.
McDonald's to partner with Just Eat to meet increasing customer demand in Ireland
McDonald's is set to partner with takeaway delivery platform Just Eat later in 2020 alongside the company's existing provider Uber Eats. It comes as the food chain revealed its full-year results for 2019 which saw an increased customer demand for the delivery service.
Belfast retail staff oppose Sunday trading extension
Over 90% of Belfast's retail staff have rejected the idea of longer Sunday trading hours. Some 92% delivered an empathic 'no' to shop workers' trade union Usdaw when consulted on the matter as part of Belfast City Council's 'Sundays in the City' strategy.
Lidl Northern Ireland in Fresh Partnership with NSPCC
Lidl Northern Ireland today announced the extension of its charity partnership with NSPCC Northern Ireland until 2021, following a successful two-year alliance which saw the retailer raise over £300,000 in funding for the local charity.