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Retail sales in first quarter subdued after Storm Emma disruption
A new report reveals that the retail sector suffered sales losses of more than 30% in some instances during the week of Storm Emma. The report from Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector, said that after a strong start to 2018, retailers continued to struggle to make up for the lost…
'Siberian-esque' Storm Emma cost retailers 'tens of millions' but local stores made good sales
Retailers have said that the “Siberian-esque weather” of Storm Emma cost large and medium-sized stores “tens of millions of Euro” but that convenience stores benefitted when people stocked up. Retail Ireland has said that “a motoring economy” and “growing disposable income” meant a…
Irish online consumer spending rises by over 10% in April
Ecommerce spending in April saw a rapid expansion with +10.7% rise in online sales, the strongest seen in eight months. According to the latest Visa’s Irish Consumer Spending Index face-to-face expenditure rose at a much slower rate, by just 0.3% year-on-year, which is the slowest growth on…
Most Irish adults frequently purchase sliced ham, research shows
Over 8 in 10 (81%) adults claim to typically purchase sliced ham, marginally down from levels recorded in 2017, where some 83% claimed to purchase. However, the frequency of purchase amongst buyers has increased marginally year-on-year, with almost 6 in 10 (58%) ham buyers…
More money and jobs as consumer spending up for 14th month
Consumer spending rose last month, marking 14 successive months of growth as an improving economy continued to feed into jobs and disposable incomes. The Visa Irish Consumer Spending Index, which measures expenditure across cash, cheques and electronic payments, rose 3.8pc…
How supermarkets are making it easier for families with autistic children
NOISE. Activity. Lights. Hubbub. Such are the surroundings all of us encounter on any visit to a busy supermarket. For people with autism, however, entering an arena of such all-encompassing distraction can present major obstacles — an alien landscape with challenges around every corner.
BWG Group officially completes 4 Aces acquisition
BWG Group (BWG) today announced that it has successfully, officially completed the acquisition of 4 Aces Wholesale. This follows the clearance of the acquisition by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) on 2 May 2018.
Tesco Ireland wins Free-From Product Range of the Year
Tesco Ireland has announced that it has won the Product Range of the Year award at the annual Free-From Food Awards for the second year running. The retailer was recognised for its ‘commitment to innovation, availability of specialised foods and having the most comprehensive…
Aldi voted Ireland’s “most reputable supermarket” by consumers
Aldi is Ireland’s most reputable supermarket for a second year in a row, according to a new study by RepTrak, that rates companies across several indicators including products and services, innovation and citizenship.
Aldi announces plans to sell Junior Baker Winning Cake
Aldi is sponsoring The National Junior Baking Competition, in association with Foróige, once again this year and is planning to stock the winning cake across its stores nationwide. This year the competition is looking for a Lemon Drizzle Cake.
Aldi claims five gold medals in Irish Free-From Food Awards
Aldi was one of the big winners scooping 15 prestigious titles at the Irish Free-From Food Awards, including five gold medals. The discount retailer also won five Silver Medals, three Bronze Medals and two Merit Awards.
Aldi to open new store in Passage West Co. Cork creating 20 new jobs
Aldi Ireland has confirmed it will open a new store in Passage West Co. Cork in July, following confirmation of planning permission by An Bord Pleanála. Located on the Rochestown Road, 20 new jobs will be created at the new store.
SuperValu & Centra introduce Frank & Honest compostable cups
SuperValu and Centra stores will replace all non-recyclable single-use Frank and Honest coffee brand cups with a new compostable cup and lid starting from September this year. Cup Print and Down2Earth Materials will supply the compostable cups and create 20 new jobs in Ennis and Cork.
SuperValu is Ireland’s top retailer while Iceland gains ground
It has been coming for some time, but is now official: SuperValu has returned to the number one position to become Ireland’s most popular supermarket. This is the first time the retailer has been at the top since July of 2017. It holds a 22.3% share of the market, ahead of Tesco with 22.2% and Dunnes Stores with 21.9% of the market.
Meath Maxol outlet celebrates Excellence Awards accomplishment
The winners of Maxol’s 2017 – 2018 Excellence Awards were revealed at the recent Maxol Conference, which took place at the luxurious the K Club in Co. Kildare. Maxol Ballivor, run by independent dealer Gerry Dempsey, has been honoured in the ‘Excellence in Community Engagement’ category.
Arnotts eyes the future as it revels in its past
If Dublin department store Arnotts could talk, its accent would probably sound a little bit like that of 94-year old Clontarf resident Gerard Nolan. Genteel and proper, but emitting those unmistakable tones of a denizen of our capital city, Nolan chatted away happily at the launch this week…
Ikea appoints Javier Quiñones as the new UK & Ireland CEO
Ikea has announced the appointment of Javier Quiñones as the new country retail manager to replace Gillian Drakeford and lead its UK and Ireland business. Quiñones will take the helm on June 1 and will be tasked with building on Drakeford’s sales growth and expansion legacy.
Coolock’s Northside Shopping Centre goes on market for €50m-plus
With 90% occupancy and gross rent at €4m, new owner will see return of more than 6%. With new owners now running more than half a dozen Dublin shopping centres, another sales campaign gets under way today to find a buyer for Northside Shopping Centre in Coolock, Dublin 17.
Northern Ireland retail sector in worse shape than any other UK region with 7.3% drop-off in footfall
The retail sector in Northern Ireland is facing worse challenges than that in any other UK region, it's been claimed. Information body Springboard said footfall in Northern Ireland's shops saw a sharp fall of 7.3% during April - the province's worst performance since 2015.
Brexit footfall boost for Quays Shopping Centre in Newry
Footfall at Newry's premier shopping destination, The Quays has jumped by over a quarter, boosted by Brexit and the completion of a £20 million development. New data from the shopping centre shows that footfall climbed by 28.9 per cent in April, compared to the same month last year…
Shop landlords in Northern Ireland call time on CVAs from big name retailers who want rent cuts
Shop landlords in Northern Ireland are fighting back against retailers seeking rent reductions through company voluntary arrangements (CVAs), the Belfast Telegraph can reveal. Retailers from fashion chain New Look to restaurant business Prezzo and flooring firm Carpetright have entered…