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Consumers up spending on retail and air travel
Air travel, accommodation, takeaways and gambling are some of the areas that Irish people have been spending their money on since Covid-19 restrictions were eased. New analysis on Bank of Ireland debit card transactions show that while grocery shopping was down by 2%...
Over 50% drop in trade after first Covid-19 restrictions lifted
Companies that reopened under the first phase of the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions are experiencing less than half their usual level of business activity for this time of the year, a new survey has found.
Irish retailers reopen for business
Retail stores in the Republic of Ireland have reopened on high streets after months of closure, as the country enters its second phase of easing lockdown. The government announced on Friday that all stores with their own high street entrances would be allowed to open from Monday.
No public seating and no WiFi: Shopping centres post-Covid will be 'different experience'
The days of leisurely browsing at shopping centres are gone, according to the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). Shopping centres are due to open next week which is earlier than planned.
The official countdown to the reopening of Ireland's pubs!
In Ireland, pubs that serve food can reopen from June 29, and pubs that only serve drinks can reopen from July 20. As Ireland appears to be successfully beating the coronavirus pandemic, the Irish government revealed on June 5 that it will be accelerating its Roadmap…
More than 160,000 people a day visit Dublin city centre since Covid-19 restrictions eased
More than 160,000 people came into Dublin city centre each day this week following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions with the numbers climbing steadily between Monday and Friday as more retail outlets opened for business.
More people saving during Covid-19 lockdown
The latest Bank of Ireland Savings and Investment Index shows that slightly more people were saving regularly in the second quarter of this year amid the Covid-19 lockdown. Bank of Ireland said the latest index shows the resilience of Irish consumers amid the Covid-19 crisis with…
Consumers who can't spend at stores putting cash into their savings
Consumers poured money into savings accounts during the lockdown, as those fortunate enough to retain a job have been unable to spend in many shops. The latest Bank of Ireland savings and investment index shows that consumers now think it is a good time to save…
Irish food industry will survive if not triumph in wake of Covid-19
The Irish food industry has had many challenges throughout its history and Covid-19 is a significant new one. However, opportunities are surfacing amid the economic dislocation caused by the virus and Ireland’s ability to produce food with true high-quality provenance should…
Retail outlets in shopping centres reopen
Retail outlets in shopping centres around the country are reopening for the first time since they were forced to close due to Covid-19 restrictions nearly three months ago. However, the shopping centres and shops must adhere to guidelines around social distancing and hygiene…
Ireland sixth in Europe for digitisation, report finds
Ireland ranks sixth in Europe for digitisation, according to the latest Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) report. The report put Ireland in sixth place with a score of 61.8, which is above the EU average score of 52.6. Furthermore, Ireland was named the fastest growing…
Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Supervalu and Dunnes on whether they expect customers to wear face masks as guidelines updated
The Government is asking people to consider wearing face masks in supermarkets now that Ireland has entered phase two of reopening. Masks are not mandatory but it is advised that people wear them in enclosed areas like supermarkets and public transport.
Aldi’s falafel & veggie burger ranges switch to 100% recyclable trays
Aldi Ireland today announced that it has moved all its own-label falafel and veggie burger ranges to 100% recyclable trays. The move involves more than 1.2 million trays used each year to package a wide variety of products across the two ranges, including Aldi’s Specially…
Lidl Ireland welcome planning grant for new Galway City store
Lidl Ireland has welcomed Galway City Council’s decision to approve development of a new store at Arch Motors on the Seamus Quirke Road. The site sits in a prime location in Galway City which will be redeveloped by the retailer to contribute positively to the area. With the development…
Lidl offers contracts to five Irish artisan cheese suppliers
Lidl Ireland has announced that it has offered contracts to five local artisan cheese suppliers. A selection of 11 handmade cheeses from Irish Farmhouse cheesemakers, such as Cooleeney Farm in Tipperary, Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese in Wicklow, Knockanore Farmhouse Cheese…
Lidl announces €50m investment in Irish Drinks Industry
Lidl Ireland has today announced a multi-million-euro investment in nine of its long-standing Irish suppliers. The substantial investment, totalling more than €50 million, is the result of Lidl Ireland facilitating supply contracts with their counterparts in 27 countries…
Mace is looking for Ireland’s unsung heroes
As part of its new ‘Unsung Heroes’ initiative, Mace Ireland has put out a call for stories of people commiting acts of kindness in their local communities during COVID-19. “We all know them; the neighbour, friend, loved one, or even the random stranger who has gone over…
Woodie’s sales soar in late May as lockdown rules ease
Grafton Group said sales in its Woodie’s DIY, Home and Garden business soared in the last two weeks of May above levels for the same period in 2019, as pent-up demand for paint and plants was unleashed by an initial easing of lockdown restrictions in the Republic.
Woodie’s does a month’s sales in two weeks following reopening
Woodie’s DIY, Home and Garden stores took in revenues equivalent to the full month of May 2019 in its first two weeks of trading after reopening following the easing of COVID-19 lockdown measures. The hardware store chain saw a surge in demand, with revenues ‘comfortably…
Penneys Ireland reopening: Gardai forced to step in as shoppers queue from 3am
Shoppers camped outside a Penneys in Dublin from 3am as hundreds queued around the block. A remarkable video shows hordes of punters waiting down the street to get into the store on Mary Street in the city centre.
Monsoon and Accessorize to close four Irish stores
Four Monsoon and Accessorize stores are to close permanently in Ireland after administrators were appointed to the companies last night. In total, 35 stores in the UK and Ireland will close, resulting in 545 job losses.
H&M confirm reopening date and changes made to stores
H&M has confirmed they will reopen a number of Irish stores on June 11, with all locations up and running on June 15. The popular high street retailer was forced to close their stores back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but now thanks to new Government guidelines…
French sports giant Decathlon to open doors of flagship Dublin store in Ballymun for first time this weekend
Sporting goods store Decathlon has finally announced when it will open its flagship Irish store this week. The French retail giant was due to open the 17,000sq m store in March but the grand opening was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mothercare goes into liquidation, 14 stores to close
Mothercare Ireland is to close its 14 branches after it was placed into liquidation due to the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mothercare Ireland MD Jonathan Ward said the impact of Covid-19 on the business has been unprecedented.
Northern Ireland retailers launch five steps for considerate shopping
In preparation for the first full week of shopping since lockdown began, the NI Retail Consortium along with twenty-five retailers have come together to launch five steps to encourage considerate shopping.
NI retailers call for date to reopen shopping centres
Retail groups in Northern Ireland are calling for the Stormont Executive to announce an opening date for shopping centres. All non-essential shops have been given the go ahead to open again on Friday 12th June, however, indoor shopping centres are exempt from that.
Low-key resumption of retail as customers make cautious return to Belfast shops
Shutters were pulled up and tills rang once again as retail shopping resumed in Belfast city centre after the coronavirus lockdown. There were no snaking queues or trolley dashes on Friday morning, as customers made a cautious return to outlets that have been closed since March.
High streets at risk if pubs stay shut, warn Northern Ireland retailers
Most shops reopened across Northern Ireland on Friday but the body representing retailers in the region warned that unless pubs and other hospitality businesses also started trading, the local high street economy may not be saved.