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What are Irish people spending their money on during Covid-19?
Retail spending in Ireland has been buoyed by online and grocery shopping, analysis of debit card transactions by Bank of Ireland reveals. Irish consumers have been spending more on home fitness products, gaming and streaming services during Covid-19, according to the…
Shift in consumer spending during Covid19
Analysis of debit card transactions by Bank of Ireland has revealed that Irish consumers have been spending more on home fitness products, gaming and streaming services during Covid-19. The analysis has tracked debit card spend since the 12th of March and compared it…
Hundreds of businesses move online as Covid-19 shutters 'bricks and mortar' stores
As businesses remain shuttered owing to Covid-19 restrictions, hundreds of producers and store owners have moved their offerings online, many for the first time. Help is available to make the switch, which can be a daunting move.
Food Drink Ireland welcomes additional €1bn liquidity support for sector
Food Drink Ireland (FDI) has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys of additional liquidity support of €1 billion. However, the Ibec group that represents the food and drink sector in Ireland has called for the introduction…
Thousands of products from retailers added for free to online sales platform NRG store
NRG Store, a division of the Sea Box Group, is already featuring close to 10,000 products from retailers on its site. NRG Store has offered to host small Irish retailers on its online sales platform for free as COVID-19 continues to impact trading conditions.
RGDATA launches shop local and buy Irish social media campaign
RGDATA has launched a social media campaign highlighting the contribution that local shops and supermarkets are making during the COVID-19 crisis. “RGDATA wants to encourage people to shop in their local family owned shop and to support Irish producers and suppliers…
Supermarkets enjoy record sales due to panic-buying
Shoppers set a supermarket sales record last month amid Covid-19 crisis stockpiling. Sales at supermarket tills surged by 27pc in March, reflecting an extra €250m of goods purchased versus the same period a year ago.
Irish brands 'could lose 14% of value' due to virus spread
The value of Ireland’s biggest brands could drop by as much as 14% this year, due to the effects of the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Independent global brand-valuation firm, Brand Finance, has warned that the value of the world’s 500 biggest companies could fall by €1tn…
How Covid-19 may reshape the Irish retail landscape
The Covid-19 crisis has caused massive disruption in many industries, but particularly hard hit are the hospitality and retail sectors, both of which are heavily reliant on face-to-face human interaction.
5 ways Covid-19 could change retail forever
Covid-19 has transformed large swathes of the economy in remarkable and generally not very positive ways. Pretty much every sector is having to do things differently, as staff toil from home, those who are in work practice social distancing, supply chains are disrupted and…
Grocery shopping slows down in Ireland after Covid-19 rush
Grocery sales in Ireland slowed during the week ending March 22, down 6.8% compared to the previous week - though still up 19% compared to the same time last year - with alcohol being the only category to experience growth, reveals new data released by Nielsen.
Growth in grocery sales slows down according to Nielsen
The figures show that grocery sales were down 6.8% compared to the previous week – though still up 19% compared to the same time last year – with alcohol being the only category to experience growth.
Online shopping up another 19% over the last week - Wolfgang Digital
The number of new users and the volume of online shopping continued to increase over the last week as people became even more confined to home due to the Covid-19 crisis. New data compiled by digital agency Wolfgang Digital found that between March 30 and April 5…
Irish potato retail demand remains buoyant, says IFA
The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) said that potato retail demand and consumption remains buoyant this week as restrictions remain in place. Another week of good weather across the country, with the exception of rain over the weekend, has meant that early plantings…
Deliveroo will now bring grocery shopping and booze to your doorstep
Deliveroo will bring grocery shopping and booze to your doorstep, they announced today. Essential food along with other household items and alcohol are available to order from over 21 convenience shops.
Public urged not to bulk buy as waste companies report seeing increase in unused food
Liz Canavan of the Department of the Taoiseach says waste companies have reported an increase in unused food being thrown out. She has asked the public to "be mindful" when shopping and to avoid bulk buying.
Retail workers feeling pressure to work extra hours, struggling with childcare
Retail workers say they are feeling the pressure to work extra hours during the pandemic and have trouble getting childcare while they do it. Trade Union Mandate is polling members on working conditions and has already received over 1,000 responses.
Covid-19 an 'unprecedented challenge' to food production in Ireland
Covid-19 presents an "unprecedented challenge" to the food production sector in Ireland, according to Bord Bia. The organisation, which is responsible for the promotion of Irish food globally, has announced supports for producers and food and drink manufacturers.
Shopping with kids and family members during Coronvirus: Policies for Tesco, Lidl, Aldi and SuperValu
Many stores in Ireland have begun to limit the number of children or numbers of people that can enter a supermarket, at any one time due to fears around the spread of coronavirus. There have been reports that some people heading out to do their weekly shop…
Supermarket rules on number of shoppers allowed per family and whether or not you can bring kids
Shoppers have been noticing much stricter rules in supermarkets across the country as they try and react to the Covid-19 crisis. All main shops are now implementing social distancing measures both inside and outside their stores, while many have further restrictions in place.
Quietest times to shop at Tesco, Lidl, Aldi, Dunnes Stores, SuperValu and other supermarkets in Ireland
Since last month, supermarkets have seen increasing demand with them being one of the few places people can actually visit during this lockdown. And while staff and suppliers are doing their best to keep shelves fully stocked and customers happy - you may still be finding you're…
Dunnes Stores, Tesco and Aldi supermarkets answer questions customers dying to know during COVID-19 crisis
Supermarkets are the only places people really get to go at the moment and what's happening inside them is of huge interest to all shoppers. Most shops are now operating slightly differently than normal with numerous measures in place to ensure social distancing is followed in store.
Tesco said it is now prioritising the elderly and those most in need for online shopping
Tesco Ireland today confirmed changes to its home delivery services which will help the company to provide more delivery slots to over 65s and customers most in need during Covid-19 pandemic. The firm said that the changes have already resulted in over 2,000…
Tesco's UK and Ireland reports marginal 0.2% sales increase in 2019
Tesco UK and Ireland sales were €50.1 billion (£44.9 billion) for 2019, a 0.2% increase at constant rates. The business posted group sales of €64 billion (£56.5 billion) for the year, its annual report for the 53 weeks ended 29 February 2020 showed.
Tesco to give over-65s priority for online delivery slots
Supermarkets have outlined further measures aimed at supporting vulnerable people and helping frontline healthcare workers as the fight to slow the spread of coronavirus continues. Tesco has moved to offer more support to older people who are cocooning by prioritising…
Five major changes at Tesco Ireland you'll notice in the next week
Supermarkets have been constantly changing their policies throughout the ongoing pandemic. Most have introduced measure such as social distancing queues, designated time slots for the elderly and a protective screens for cashiers.
SuperValu warehouse staff keeping supermarket shelves stocked
SuperValu has released a video taking shoppers inside its warehouse in Kilcock, Co. Kildare as staff work tirelessly to keep supermarket shelves stocked. The short clip shows how hard SuperValu drivers and warehouse employees are working to ensure supply chains continue…
Aldi Ireland lifts quantity restrictions on most products
Aldi today confirmed it has lifted temporary purchase restrictions on all products in its stores across the country, with the exception of a small number of products that continue to have the four units restriction in place such as handwash.
Aldi drops crisis caps on its sales - except on handwash
German grocery retailer Aldi has lifted its sales limits on all goods except hand sanitisers in a sign that supermarket stocks are stabilising following a wave of panic-buying. Aldi said any products still subject to sales caps "will be clearly marked on the price card".
The top 20 items Aldi's Irish shoppers are buying
Aldi Ireland has published a list of its top-20 selling products over the last three-week period. The list gives an insight into consumer buying patterns since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent social distancing measures implemented by the Government.
Retail giant plants 33,000 native trees locally
One of the country's largest retailers has planted over 30,000 native trees on a site just outside Mullingar. Lidl Ireland recently completed planting almost 33,000 trees at a native woodland site in Burnellstown, as part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine's…
M&S donates free food to HSE workers at Irish hospitals
M&S has announced that it is making weekly free food donations for the HSE workers at The Mater Hospital and St James Hospital and Cork University Hospital. Deliveries will include prepared meals and treats for the next four weeks, with this week’s delivery including 2,000…
Debenhams stores in Ireland are to close permanently
Department store chain Debenhams is to liquidate its operations in Ireland and close all its stores. The company wrote to staff members in Ireland this morning saying it will make an application for Debenhams Retail (Ireland) to be placed into liquidation under the Companies Act 2014.
Penneys now Ireland's most valuable brand but faces difficult future due to Covid-19 crisis
Retail giant Penneys is now Ireland's most valuable brand, taking over from Allied Irish Banks and Guinness to take the top spot. The Irish fast fashion chain has climbed two spots in the Brand Finance Ireland 2020 rankings to claim the title of Ireland’s most valuable brand for the first time.
Next to restart online shopping after Irish stores closed in March
Popular retailer Next is to restart its online operations, which was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Online sales for the British retailer stopped on March 26, but they are now beginning shopping and deliveries again with a limited number of staff.
Spar stores introduce 'Scan, Pay, Go' app
Spar and Eurospar convenience stores in Northern Ireland have introduced a ‘Scan, Pay, Go’ mobile app which allows consumers to check items are in stock before they leave their homes and then self-serve in the shop.
Mash Direct launches door delivery service
Mash Direct, the award-winning ‘field to fork’ convenience vegetable accompaniments brand, is pleased to announce the launch of its Mash Direct to your door delivery service of fresh, nutritious, healthy and wholesome vegetable products.