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Sales of suncream soar as heatwave continues
Sales of suncream have soared by a whopping 147pc as Ireland continues to sizzle in a record-breaking heatwave. CarePlus Pharmacy revealed that sales of suncream have not only soared by 147pc since the hot weather began in mid-June but each of its community pharmacists have noted…
Winners announced at this year’s Checkout Best In Fresh Awards
The Checkout Best In Fresh Awards took place on Tuesday 3 July at The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, where over 250 of the top Irish retailers convened from around the country for the industries fresh food retailing awards.
Consumer confidence falls as Irish shoppers become more cautious of global risks
Ireland’s consumer confidence has dropped to its weakest level in thirteen years, according to the KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI Consumer Sentiment Index. The Consumer Sentiment Index (CSI) fell to 102.1 points in June 2018 after it rose to 106.7 in May, which is reportedly the second largest monthly…
Fears for crisp supplies as drought conditions see potato stocks run low
Crisp manufacturers nationwide could be in danger of running out of potato supplies if the drought weather conditions continue, one of Ireland’s leading crisp and potato producer has warned. Tom Keogh of Keogh’s Crisps told FarmIreland that while there are still enough 2017 old potato reserves…
Retail Excellence calls for 'tax fairness measures' in Budget 2019
Retail Excellence has called for tax fairness measures in the October Budget to protect retailers from what it described as cheap, non-European imports. The group's chief executive Lorraine Higgins said online distance sellers are not registered for VAT in Ireland and so do not apply the tax to the...
Thanks to Amazon Prime Day, the back-to-school shopping season is already under way
Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Day-related discounts are already in place ahead of the July 16 start of the shopping event, leading competing retailers to push discounts and new offerings of their own and launch the back-to-school shopping season weeks ahead of years past.
Retail Excellence calls for new tax measures in Budget 2019
Retail Excellence has published its recommendations to government ahead of Budget 2019, in which it calls for targeted solutions for retailers from the government. The threat that online retailing poses to all manner of traditional stores is ever-present and growing, with the online environment…
Gala creates ‘special moments’ at Special Olympics
More than 1,600 athletes from across the country competed at the Special Olympics Ireland Games, with the support of 600 coaches and 2,000 volunteers. Gala Retail sponsored the Irish Special Olympics team and provided 66,000 bottles of water to keep athletes, coaches and volunteers…
Irish consumers rank Aldi as having the lowest prices in retail
A new study from Core Research has found that more Irish shoppers believe Aldi offers the lowest prices in the market on a weekly grocery shop than any other Irish retailer. Core Research spoke to 1,000 adults around the country and found more than four-in-ten (43%) named Aldi as having…
Lidl bids to be Aldi’s neighbour in new Knocknacarra plan
Galway City Tribune – German discount retail chain Lidl is planning a new €2.5 million supermarket and café in Knocknacarra – right next door to its rival Aldi.Plans will be submitted to Galway City Council next week for a new single-storey foodstore with an off-licence over a gross floor area of…
Lidl and Aldi spark Irish school uniform price war with cheap offers - here's how to get the deals
Lidl and Aldi have sparked a school uniform price war in Ireland. Earlier this week, Aldi unveiled a new range of school uniforms that only cost €5. The uniforms, which go on sale next Thursday July 12, will be part of a "Specialbuy" deal which includes a pair of trousers or skirt, one round neck…
Tesco Ireland boss Yaxley is promoted in reshuffle
Tesco's boss in Ireland, Andrew Yaxley, has been named group chief product officer at the retailer in a promotion that also sees him join the executive committee and reporting directly to CEO Dave Lewis. It's understood that Mr Yaxley (51), pictured, will remain living in Ireland despite his new...
Harvey Norman apologises to customers for data breach
Home and lifestyle retailer Harvey Norman has apologised to customers after suffering a data breach through the systems of a third-party website service provider. Harvey Norman operates 13 outlets in the Republic and two stores in Northern Ireland.
Love Island tie-up helps Superdrug lift sales and profits
Superdrug’s tie-up with Love Island has helped drive a 16% profits leap as fans of the hit TV show snapped up bronzer, make-up and hair products. The high street chain posted pre-tax profits of £92.9 million for 2017, up from £80.4 million the previous year, with like-for-like sales 2.5% higher.
The White Company opens store in Dublin
The White Company, an interiors and lifestyle brand which began life as a 12-page mail-order brochure, has opened the doors on its first main street store in Ireland. The international retailer, which has a turnover in excess of £180m, said the decision to open on Dublin's Grafton Street was..
Bláthnaid launches XL stores' Irish campaign
Rath Chairn's Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh recently joined with neighbourhood retail brand XL to announce the introduction of a full suite of point-of-sale marketing materials in the Irish language to all its stores, in support of the Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 programme.
EJ Menswear among best independent retailers in UK and Ireland
Leading Irish men’s retailer EJ Menswear in Sligo, has been shortlisted for two awards in the prestigious Drapers Independents Awards 2018, which rank the best independent retailers, brands and suppliers in the UK and Ireland each year. One of Ireland’s leading online retailers, EJ’s has…
Melting Irish consumers lap up sky-high prices for gelato
Sky-high ice-cream prices are not having a chilling effect on Irish consumers, who are continuing to scoop up cones throughout the heatwave. However, the price of gelato, a gourmet Italian ice cream, varies by up to 30% around the sun-baked country, a Sunday Times survey has found.
Sales at ice cream firm up a cool 40% as demand soars
The award winning Coleraine company supplies around 50 different flavours of ice cream to all the major supermarkets and has its own three shops along the North Coast. Production is already up by 40% from this time last year according to company director and owner, Arnaldo Morelli.