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Grocery sales see busiest ever 12 week period – Kantar
The Irish grocery market experienced its busiest ever period over the 12 weeks to March 22 - increasing year-on-year sales by 10.1%. Growth in the four weeks to March 22 was nearly three times higher, with shopper spend jumping by 27%, the latest figures from Kantar show.
Households in Ireland spent an extra €122 on groceries last month
March was the biggest month of grocery sales ever recorded in Ireland with the average household spending an additional €122 on groceries during the four weeks to March 22. The national lockdown that is keeping people in their homes combined with the closure of restaurants…
Shoppers in Ireland spent €2.8 billion in grocery stores in the last 4 weeks
Shoppers in Ireland spent €2.8 billion in grocery stores in the past 4 weeks, as March became the biggest month of grocery sales ever recorded. The latest Kantar figures show the average household spent an extra 122 euro on groceries in the four weeks leading up to March 22nd.
Supermarket sales hit record highs in March 2020
Supermarket sales for March were the biggest ever recorded as shoppers stocked up before the lockdown. The market has surged by 27% over the past four weeks, according to retail experts Kantar. Sales of hand soap rose by 300% and household cleaners were up by 170%.
Sales of hand soap increase by 300% but expert says Ireland will cope with increased demand
Sales of hand soap soared by 300% in the 12 weeks leading up to March 22, as grocery sales hit record highs. Irish shoppers spent €2.8bn in grocery stores in that time according to new Kantar research.
Irish weekly grocery spend slows by 6.8% - Nielsen
Irish grocery sales in Ireland slowed during the week ending March 22, down 6.8% compared to the previous week but still up 19% compared to the same time last year. New figures from Nielsen show that alcohol was the only category to experience growth in the week under review.
How Irish people are spending their time during Covid-19 lockdown
With the country currently in lockdown as the battle to curb the spread of coronavirus continues, more Irish people are staying home than ever before. Strict measures were put in place last week by the government which have restricted people's daily lives, with thousands working from home.
Google data suggests recreation activity is down by 83pc in Ireland
Google has released location data to offer insights into changes in people’s movement since Covid-19 restrictions were introduced. Today (3 April), Google shared a blogpost outlining how its smartphone location data could help public health officials to understand people’s…
People visiting 'retail and recreation' centres drops 83%
The number of people visiting shopping centres, cinemas, cafés and restaurants has slumped by 83% as new data reveals just how much the lives of citizens has changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Using location data gleaned from users of its technology, Google has begun…
Google shows up to 93pc fall in Irish retail visits and reveals the most compliant counties
Physical footfall to Irish shops, parks and workplaces has fallen by as much as 93pc in the last month, new figures from Google show. The mass-collected data, derived from people’s smartphones as they move about, shows that visits to retail and recreational facilities have fallen 83pc…
Customers waiting up to three weeks for online grocery shopping amid coronavirus rush
Some online grocery retailers are unable to provide customers with delivery slots for up to three weeks as demand for their services increases due to the coronavirus. Last week’s announcement from Leo Varadkar saw the Taoiseach ask people not to leave their homes unless…
Amazon to delay Prime Day event due to coronavirus, outlines cloud risks
Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) is postponing its major summer shopping event, Prime Day, until at least August and expects a potential $100 million hit from excess devices it might now sell at a discount, according to internal meeting notes seen by Reuters.
Dunnes still Ireland's top grocer, as market experiences busiest month on record
Dunnes stores has retained its position as Ireland's top grocer with a 22.3% market share, as last month Ireland experienced the biggest month of grocery sales ever recorded. The latest figures from Kantar showed that the Irish grocery market experienced its busiest ever…
Irish supermarket coronavirus opening times – when Aldi, Dunnes, Lidl, Tesco and SuperValu are open and priority hours?
Irish supermarkets have introduced special opening times to help in the battle against coronavirus. Several of Ireland's top stores have introduced special opening hours for older people, as well as for frontline workers, and have new social distancing guidelines in place…
How often do Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Supervalu, Dunnes restock their products?
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 support three groups in Laois through the pandemic
Giant supermarket chain Tesco has announced that it will make special donations to three local organisations in Laois during the Covid-19 pandemic. Three community based projects in Laois who work with the elderly, local carers, disability services and health…
Tesco submit café plans for Ballinasloe supermarket
Plans have been submitted to the county council for the construction of a new café at Tesco in Ballinasloe. Tesco Ireland are seeking planning permission to build a café with a floor space of 232sqm in what is currently the car park at Tesco in Dunlo, Ballinasloe.
AsIAm and SuperValu ask for increased public understanding on World Autism Day
COVID-19 has brought unpredictability and change of routine for everyone in our communities. At this strange and difficult time, autistic people and their families may be facing more even challenges than usual.
Lidl Ireland extends its dedicated food donation
Lidl Ireland has extended its dedicated food donation appeal which it first introduced last weekend, to support those in need during the Coronavirus crisis. Lidl is appealing to customers who would like to purchase an extra tinned or long shelf-life product to leave it in a dedicated…
Aldi Ireland names new Group Managing Director
Aldi has appointed Niall O'Connor to the position of Group Managing Director for Aldi Ireland. Niall O'Connor will assume overall responsibility for all of Aldi's activities in Ireland, including its multi-million-euro store-opening programme and Irish buying office.
Brown Thomas and Arnotts staff to receive full payments
Staff at Brown Thomas and Arnotts are to receive their full pay and benefits while the stores are closed due to the Covid-19 crisis. The company said it will avail of the Government's wage subsidy scheme, but it will also top up staff pay packets to 100% of their normal earnings.
Penneys pays 5,000 staff 80% of salary while stores remain shut
Penneys has said that it will pay its 5,000 retail employees in Ireland 80% of their salaries for the next month, at which stage it will review again. In order to do so, Penneys which trades outside of Ireland as Primark, said that it will avail of the states recently established…
Belfast shops allowed to open early on Sunday
Belfast shops were permitted to open three hours earlier than usual on Sunday so healthcare workers and the vulnerable could buy essentials. Belfast City Council relaxed its Sunday trading restrictions last week in order to give these groups extra time to shop during…
Tesco recruits 35,000 workers in UK & NI to get through coronavirus crisis
Britain's biggest retailer Tesco recently said it had recruited 35,000 additional workers in the last 10 days to help get it through the coronavirus emergency, which has triggered a dramatic increase in demand for groceries.
Naas Shopping Centre has been sold to local Kildare developer Ger Roche
Plans to sell the unopened Naas Shopping Centre have been agreed. The Roche Group which developed the Vista primary care medical centre in the town, has acquired the building. The centre, was to have opened more than a decade ago, was placed on the market on…
Stockpiling drives grocery spending by £60m as sales of new cars collapse
Consumers in the north spent an extra £60 million at supermarket checkouts in the last three months, new industry data suggests. But the traditional barometer of consumer confidence, new car sales, is expected to collapse in the month of April following the widespread…
Northern Ireland grocery sales rocket £60m amid pandemic
Northern Ireland grocery sales have soared £60m in the last 12 weeks as the sector begins to feel the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Overall, sales increased 8.3% in the 12 weeks to March 22. Tesco, Northern Ireland’s largest retailer, enjoyed the greatest increase in market…
Google data shows drop in Northern Ireland public movements over past month
Internet giant Google has published a break down of people's movement for the past seven weeks showing a significant drop in activity due to the coronavirus lockdown. The Google data has been produced to help the public and health officials understand responses to social…
Lidl and Tesco made biggest gains in northern ireland amid panic buying
Latest figures from Kantar show the Northern Irish grocery market has also felt the effect of the coronavirus pandemic. Overall sales growth of 1.9% during the 52 weeks to 22 March 2020 is markedly higher than the 0.1% seen last month, showing how the outbreak…