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Grocery spending rises by almost a third since start of pandemic
People are spending 30% more on groceries since Covid-19 started to impact Ireland in March. According to AIB, customers spent 20% more on the day the school closures were announced than they did on any day in the lead-up to Christmas.
Kantar: Grocery growth slows as shoppers adapt to new normal
The latest figures from Kantar show take home grocery sales in Ireland increased by 17.2% in the 12 weeks to 19 April as shoppers adjusted to life under lockdown. While grocery sales are strong, retailers have felt the effects of social distancing restrictions on food on-the-go…
More shoppers opt for Irish produced grocery brands during COVID-19 pandemic
68% of Irish shoppers claim to try to choose products produced in Ireland when grocery shopping, and it is clear that shoppers are opting to ‘shop local’ during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research shows.
Half the population are reading local papers every week
A new study amongst more than 700 Irish adults has revealed that local news publications, print and online, are still widely consumed, with half of the population reading local newspapers in print at least once a week, and two thirds turning to local newspaper websites.
New €2m scheme to help Irish retailers sell online goes live
A new €2 million online retail scheme, which was recently announced as part of a €1 billion Covid-19 support package for businesses, has opened for applications. The scheme, which is administered by Enterprise Ireland, is intended to help indigenous retailers who already…
Irish wage subsidy recipients jump as retail sales slump
The number of workers on Ireland's wage subsidy scheme for firms hit by the coronavirus pandemic jumped to 400,000 on Thursday, as data showed retail sales fell 12.7% month-on-month in March when the economy began to gradually shut down.
Retail Excellence Ireland calls for measures to help retailers recover
Retail Excellence Ireland has welcomed the news that the Irish government now has put in place phases for a roadmap to lifting COVID-19 restrictions. They have called for five measures to help retailers around Ireland recover after the effects of the coronavirus.
Drone-to-door medicines trial takes flight in Ireland
A drone company that had to abandon its fast-food delivery tests has partnered with Ireland's health authority to deliver prescriptions instead. Manna Aero is working with the Health Service Executive to deliver medicines and other essential supplies to vulnerable people…
Retail values fell in Q1, but offices stayed unchanged
The values of Irish retail properties fell 2.8pc in the first three months of this year, bringing their 12-month decline to 5.5pc. In contrast, values for Dublin industrial properties have increased and those for offices remained unchanged.
Amazon sales surge as retailer emerges as Covid-19 winner
Amazon emerged as one of the big winners of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, announcing it had revenues of $75.4 billion (€69 billion) in the first three months of the year – over $33 million an hour.
Online clothes shopping by Irish customers jumped by 107% on Good Friday
Online shoppers spent 107% more than normal on clothing on Good Friday, marking the biggest jump during the coronavirus pandemic. This rise in clothing spend that day was largely driven by under-25s, who splashed out 249% more than normal, according to new research.
400% increase in online sales for retailers says Ennis ecommerce firm
COVID-19 restrictions has led to a significant increase in online sales for Irish retailers, a leading ecommerce firm located in Clare has outlined. Ennis based, Magico says online sales by retail clients have increased by an average of 400% since the public health measures…
Single parents express concern over treatment in some supermarkets
A number of single parents have been vocal about receiving what they deem unfair treatment while grocery shopping with their children in recent weeks. Social distancing policies are in full swing in stores across the nation. In an effort to slow the spread of the virus…
SuperValu named Ireland’s top supermarket
SuperValu has been named Ireland's top supermarket, as shoppers adjusted to life under lockdown. The latest figures from Kantar show that the Irish retailer secured a 22.2% of the market share, in the 12 weeks to 19 April, 2020.
Tesco Ireland extends bonus for staff to end of May to recognise hard work during Covid-19
Tesco Ireland will extend bonuses for their staff to the end of May to recognise their hard work during the Covid-19 pandemic. The supermarket chain - which put the raise in place in March - will also be increasing their staff's shopping discount from 10 per cent to 15 per cent until May 17.
Aldi Irelands opening hours to return to normal
Aldi Ireland today announced that it is returning to normal opening hours from Thursday 7 May, 2020. Standard store opening hours of 9am-10pm Monday to Friday and 9am-9pm Saturday and Sunday will be reintroduced across Aldi’s 142 stores.
Lidl Ireland to stop sales of non-essential goods due to safety concerns after 'huge queues'
Lidl Ireland has announced plans to stop the sale of non-essential goods in their stores due to safety concerns after "huge queues". The supermarket chain will no longer be selling various recreational items as of Monday May 4.
Circle K launches free grocery home delivery service nationwide
Circle K, a fuel and convenience retailer in Ireland, has today revealed the launch of its nationwide free grocery home delivery service. Circle K will be the first retailer of its kind to offer the new delivery service, which has been made available as a way to help people…
Protesting Debenhams workers warn of 'jobs carnage' in retail sector
Debenhams workers have warned of "jobs carnage" in the retail sector and have urged the government to step in to save their jobs. They spoke out during a day of action today mounted as part of their ongoing campaign for a fair redundancy.
Spar and FAI join forces to encourage healthy eating
The Football Association of Ireland and Spar have joined forces to encourage children to adopt healthy eating habits by sharing easy-to-follow recipes for wholesome breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks at home, all made with ingredients available in local Spar stores.
Boots recognised as the most reputable pharmacy and retailer in Ireland
Boots was recently recognised as the most reputable pharmacy and retailer in Ireland according to the 2020 Ireland RepTrak study. The company has moved up the leader board ten places from last year and is now rated the 3rd most reputable organisation overall in Ireland.