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Reeling in The Year: Highlights That Impacted the Grocery Retail Sector In 2018
The implementation of the much talked about Sugar Tax, the enactment of the controversial Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and, of course, the weather, were some of the unprecedented changes and challenges that impacted the grocery retail sector in 2018. Checkout highlights these and other standout moments for the sector during the year……
Price watch 2018: How the year unfolded for Irish consumers
JANUARY: Consumers were warned not to buy products that wrongly claimed to be able to test for food intolerances, and pharmacies were told to stop offering food-intolerance testing. The Health Products Regulatory Authority said people should not act on the results of such tests after a review of widely available kits showed there ….
Bargains bagged at St Stephen's Day sales
IRELAND'S main shopping destinations bustled with bargain hunters yesterday as many big stores launched the traditional post-Christmas sales. In Belfast, where city centre retailers….
Survival of rural-based retail 'at risk' due to having no online presence
Numerous Irish retailers, particularly small rural-based operations, are in danger of going out of business due to having no online presence, accountancy firm RSM has warned. “Consumer behaviour is changing rapidly and retailers need to ensure that their business model, and culture, is properly aligned with changing consumer preferences….
We delivered 100,000 parcels a day' - online shopping drives 'record' Christmas for An Post
An Post has reported a “record” Christmas period with parcel deliveries up 50pc - while online stores are recording increases as high as 70pc - however main street sales dropped by up to 7pc. A spokesman for An Post told Independent.ie that the company had enjoyed its most successful Christmas, as many shoppers shunned the main street and shopping centres, to buy online….
Irish consumers are splurging more than €9 million a day on beauty products and treatments
Sales of personal care products held steady during the recession and 65,077 bottles of shampoo and conditioner are used in Ireland every day. Image conscious consumers in post-recession Ireland are splurging more than €9 million a day on beauty products and treatments. Looking good is big business and it takes a workforce of 30,000 beauticians….
Consumer and business sentiment slips in December
Bank of Ireland’s economic pulse indicator recorded its second lowest ever reading in December, coming in at 88.3, down 1.6 on the prior month, and 0.6 lower than a year ago. BOI chief economist Dr Loretta O’Sullivan attributed the decline to a fall in both consumer and business sentiment during the month…
Cleaning product sales set to continue to rise in 2019
Cleaning has become one of the biggest social media trends of 2018, where platforms such as Instagram are now awash with hashtags like #cleaningobsessed. Influencers like Mrs Hinch, who to date has 1.4 million Instagram followers, have somehow managed to glamorise typically mundane tasks….
Up to 200 jobs on the way as Danish home retail brand to open 15 shops across Ireland
Danish home retail brand JYSK is to create 200 jobs across Ireland over the next two years with the opening of 15 stores. The positions being created are both part and full-time roles. The first Irish store will open in Naas in April, with a further two stores opening in Drogheda and Navan in May….
Retailers can still thrive if they change with the times
There has been lots of recent media commentary about the death of retail — Debenhams, House of Fraser, Clerys, Sears and the like. These brands are reported to be the canary in the mine, indicating all other retail will soon die. The truth is that these brands are not a bellwether of what is facing the retail industry….
Meet the retailers growing their physical store networks
As the economy rounds the bend into the new year, there is an unmistakable pall of gloom over much of the retail sector, due to the perceived threat to traditional retailers from online shopping. In between the clouds, however, there are still flashes of sunlight. Middle-of-the-road, ubiquitous retailers may be under pressure in many areas….
Aldi's record-breaking Christmas as sales soar past £1 billion mark in December
Aldi raked in over £1 billion in sales for the first time ever last Christmas, after sparking a 19p price war on festive vegetables. The company said it had recorded its best ever UK Christmas trading period, driven by an increased demand for premium ranges and cut-price seasonal produce. The week of December 17 was the busiest week ever for Aldi….
Aldi Ireland announces massive baby event in stores next week
This year’s stylish must-buy is the supermarket chain's baby change backpack. It is available in black, navy or grey and costs €19.99. And the backpack comes complete with an insulated bottle holder, changing mat and handy Velcro straps that can be attached onto the pushchair for convenience and ease….
Next in surprise retail boost
Shares in Next rose almost 5% yesterday after the fashion retailer reported surprisingly robust Christmas retail figures which cheered investors who were fearing the worst after months of gloom in the UK sector. Strong sales in the last few weeks helped make up for disappointing results in November, the retailer….
Department store John Lewis provides Christmas trading snapshot
A surge in shoppers looking for last-minute gifts helped lift sales at John Lewis over the festive period as the retailer gave the first glimpse of how trading fared over Christmas. In the week to December 29, sales at the department store chain were up 4.5%, driven by a 103% increase in gift food purchases….
Ireland experienced a huge drop in new car sales in 2018
Ireland experienced a pretty big drop in new car sales last year, statistics from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry have shown. New car registrations fell by more than 5,000 vehicles, from 131,332 to 125,557. Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Roscommon all recorded drops of over 10%, while Louth, Wexford, Carlow and Kildare were the only counties to record a spike in sales….
New car sales in Northern Ireland drop in 2018
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said 52,533 new cars were registered in 2018, down from 54,356 the previous year. In the UK as a whole the sales decline was larger, down by almost 7%. The SMMT said factors influencing lower sales included uncertainty over Brexit and a shortage….
Grocery chains missed an opportunity on New Year's Day.
The failure of major retail chains in Belfast to open on New Year's Day was a missed opportunity to generate profits, it's been claimed. Grocery chains Marks & Spencer and Lidl did not open in the city centre on the bank holiday - though other shops did opt to trade. Lidl confirmed all its 38 stores in Northern Ireland were closed to mark the bank holiday…
Belfast New Look store closing as Primark set to open
Fashion retailer New Look has announced its shutting its Belfast Donegal Place store this month, making way for a new Primark. New Look said it will shut the flagship on January 15 but has not yet said if it's relocating elsewhere….