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Irish retail at a glance

Irish retail at a glance

Posted by Maria Diaz on May 13, 2020 2:34:44 PM

CPM, Ireland’s leading field sales company, takes a look at the Irish retail news for this week. This is a one-stop shop for all your Irish retail news. If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter which will include all Retail articles for the previous month, including "Retail at a Glance" subscribe today.

 

This is what people would like to reopen first in Ireland — survey

If given the choice, people would most like to open DIY and gardening stores first in Ireland, according to a recent Amarach survey. Last week, the Government released its Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, with five phases for lifting COVID-19…

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Bakers and boozers lift lockdown grocery sales

Irish shoppers have been stocking up on baking ingredients and booze as they cope with life on lockdown. Figures published today by research group Kantar confirm a surge in grocery sales in the 12 weeks to April 19 as schools and workplaces shut and the country battened…

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Boon for supermarkets continues as shoppers spend an average of €118 more per month

SuperValu moved ahead of Dunnes Stores in grocery sales last month as supermarkets continued to see a boost in revenues as a result of the lockdown. Over the past 12 weeks shoppers have spent almost €3 billion, €440 million more than the same period last year and a 17.2% increase.

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Irish supermarkets still benefitting from crisis with €3bn spent on groceries

Irish supermarkets have continued to see a surge in sales during the Covid-19 crisis, with almost €3bn spent on groceries in the 12 weeks up to the middle of April. The German discounters have been big winners in the crisis. Lidl was the fastest growing of all the…

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Bank of Ireland: survey reveals change in consumer habits during Covid-19

A recent Bank of Ireland survey with over 400 customers demonstrates how they are adapting to life during the Covid-19 public health emergency. Four in ten (40%) of those surveyed revealed they have stopped using cash, with 46% of people tapping their contactless cards…

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Bord Bia launches new grass-fed dairy standard

Bord Bia is set to launch what it is claiming is the world’s first national grass-fed dairy standard – which will allow suppliers and processors to provide verifiable proof their milk came from grass-fed cows.

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Retailers call for Govt help with rents and extension of rates waiver

A retail body has urged the Government to help shops with their rent costs during the Covid-19 pandemic. Retail Excellence Ireland has said that the country's retail sector has been "disproportionately negatively impacted" by the emergency.

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Tourism, food and retail among the worst hit sectors by COVID-19 pandemic

Almost half of Ireland's workforce is currently depending on the state for social welfare unemployment supports. A new report from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection highlights the sectors worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland.

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Pharmacies call for support as costs rise, sales fall

The Irish Pharmacy Union has called for support from the Government as its members have reported a sharp rise in costs due to Covid-19. In a survey conducted by the union, pharmacies said that measures undertaken to protect staff and customers…

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Economy forecast to contract by 8% in 2020

Ireland's economy will contract by 8% in 2020 and expand again by 6% in 2021 as the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll, according to the European Commission's latest economic forecast. The economic uncertainty has been compounded by "specific" Irish factors…

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Couriers busier than at Christmas as Irish shop online in droves

For some courier companies, recent weeks have been busier than Christmas or Black Friday, as more consumers move their shopping habits online. From sportswear and equipment to children's toys, cosmetics, and even pet food, Irish households are buying online in their droves…

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Food culture in Ireland gets back to basics

Ray Ryan says the Covid-19 lockdown has seen a return to inter-generational baking practices, as proven by the scarcity of flour supplies on retailers’ shelves. The increased demand for flour in the shops due to a surge in home cooking during the Covid-19 crisis has put a…

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Baby boom on the way? Pharmacy reports 67% increase in sale of pregnancy tests

Ireland could be set for a baby boom next year with some chemists reporting up to a 67% increase in sales of pregnancy tests. Independent pharmacy chain, CarePlus, said sales of all brands of pregnancy test kits have increased across the majority of its stores around…

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Locked down shoppers turn to vegetables, shun ready meals – study

Shoppers cut spending on ready-made meals and bought more fruit and vegetables, turning to healthier eating during coronavirus lockdowns, preliminary results of a research project showed. People forced to stay home also tried new recipes and threw away less food…

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SuperValu is Ireland’s No. 1 supermarket – according to Kantar Ireland figures

In an effort to get everything they need in one go and cater for all the additional meals and snacks eaten at home, shoppers are adding an extra four items to their baskets each visit, increasing their monthly grocery bill by €118 on average.

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SuperValu releases breakdown of products flying off shelves since outbreak began

A supermarket has revealed it has sold enough toilet paper to wrap around the world eight times since the Covid-19 outbreak here. SuperValu has released a breakdown of products that have been flying off the shelves which paint a unique picture of how staying at home…

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SuperValu sees soap sales surge by 400%, flour by 200% during lockdown

SuperValu has seen a surge in sales in a number of household groceries notably soap which increased by 400% and flour by 200% during the lockdown. The food retailer reported that sales of plants and flowers spiked by 200% and coffee pods by 100% since March…

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SuperValu add six more shops to online service as demand increases

SuperValu has added six more shops to their online service as the demand for home deliveries has increased. For some people in Ireland, going out to shop is not safe right now due to the ongoing global health crisis.

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Lidl introduces new way for shoppers in Ireland to get food and essentials

Good news for those isolating or cocooning as Lidl has just made it easier for people to pay for essentials and groceries. The new scheme will allow at-risk customers to purchase a gift card worth up to €200 which can be used by volunteers in store.

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Lidl Ireland launch new feature showing quietest shopping times at your local store

Lidl Ireland have launched a new feature showing the quietest and busiest shopping times at stores across Ireland. The feature uses real-time data and customer transaction statistics to allow customers to plan their shopping trips.

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Aldi continues to help small Irish businesses during COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland, Aldi has been helping small Irish brands stay afloat with their Grow with Aldi programme, which offers small businesses a lifeline in these difficult times. While people have been on lockdown, there has been an increase in the amount…

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FAI join forces with SPAR on healthy eating initiative for kids

The recipes have been carefully crafted to ensure a balanced mix of vitamins and minerals are present in each meal and snack and will help keep people satisfied over the coming weeks and months.

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Circle K launches the 'Little Thank Yous' initiative for customers to gift their heroes

Circle K has announced the launch of their new community initiative, 'Little Thank Yous', which will see people around Ireland being able to give special recognition to the people in their community who are working hard to keep the country moving.

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Dixons Carphone: Lockdown is sparking innovation

Dixons Carphone is adapting to the changes in consumers’ buying habits by innovating on its customer experience and communicating points of difference such as its teams of experts. Like all non-essential retailers, Dixons Carphone has been forced to shut its Currys…

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McDonald's reportedly to reopen six stores next week for drive through access and delivery only

Fast food retail giant McDonald's is reportedly to reopen six of its Dublin stores for drive through access and delivery only from next week onwards, Dublin Live understands. In an email sent to employees seen by Dublin Live, staff were told to be prepared for the…

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Bewley’s on Grafton Street to close its doors for the last time

The iconic Bewley’s Café on Grafton Street is set to close its doors for the last time with the loss of over 100 jobs. Employees were told yesterday of the decision. Bewley’s Oriental Cafes Ltd first opened on Grafton Street back in 1927 and is probably the best known…

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Weekend sales of Irish Daily Mail and Irish Mail On Sunday soar to 2019 levels

Weekend sales of the Irish Daily Mail and the Irish Mail on Sunday have soared to 2019 levels despite the current challenging circumstances. Although recent weeks have seen most Irish people confined to their homes, which initially dampened newspaper sales across the board…

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Grocery sales surged by 14 per cent in last three months

Grocery sales in Northern Ireland increased by 14 per cent in the past three months, according to new analysis. Supermarket monitor Kantar said shoppers visiting Lidl spent on average, five per cent more on each trip.

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Grocery sales growth accelerates in Northern Ireland; Lidl the top performer

Latest Kantar figures show growth in the Northern Irish grocery market picked up pace again this month as shoppers adjusted to life under lockdown. Total take home grocery sales increased by 3% during the year to 19 April, with growth over the latest 12-week period increasing to 13.9%.

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Battle ahead to restore consumer confidence, says Northern Ireland retail chief

Northern Ireland is facing an uphill battle to restore consumer confidence following the crippling coronavirus pandemic, it has been warned. Retail NI boss Glyn Roberts said the biggest challenges when lockdown restrictions ease involve social distancing, public safety…

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M&S launches the delivery service in Belfast everyone has been waiting for

Marks and Spencer has announced that customers of its Donegall Place store in Belfast can now get their shopping delivered to their doorstep via Deliveroo. The launch of the service now means that Belfast locals can now get their hands on more than 130 M&S food, drink and…

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