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Record Christmas for Irish grocery sector with discounters leading the way
The Irish grocery market hit a new milestone over the Christmas period, as December sales eclipsed €1bn for the first time. The figures from Kantar show that although growth slowed in the 12 weeks to 29 December, the sector weathered difficult trading conditions to increase overall sales by 1.5% year-on-year.
Irish consumer spending muted in December
Visa has today released its latest Consumer Spending Index. The index pointed to a positive end to the year for Irish household spending. Expenditure was up +0.9% year-on-year in December, following a fall of -1.9% in November. Moreover, the expansion was the first…
PC reboot: Computer sales grow for first time in years
PCs have seen something of a reboot to their popularity with the highest sales in years recorded by analysts. According to both Gartner and IDC, worldwide shipments of traditional computing hardware such as desktops and notebooks jumped in 2019, reaching their…
Checkout Conference 2020 Vision's panel confirmed
The Checkout Conference 2020, which will take place in the InterContinental, on 4 February will include a panel discussion involving some of the most progressive and influential voices on sustainable retailing, ethical and responsible shopping and the creation of an…
Retail Ireland appoints Dillon as Director
Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the retail sector, has appointed Arnold Dillon as Director. Arnold Dillon first joined Ibec in 2003 as European Affairs Executive. He then worked as the group's press officer and its head of press and public relations.
Dunnes Stores scoops two awards at 2020 European Private Label Awards
Dunnes Stores scooped two awards at this year's 2020 European Private Label Awards, organised by Checkout's sister magazine ESM: European Supermarket Magazine. The Irish retailer won in both the Convenience Foods and Free-From Foods categories.
Aldi announces plans to invest over half a million in artisan producers
Aldi has announced it's plans to invest over €500,000 in supporting up-and-coming artisan Irish food and drink companies. Today's announcement marks the return of it's annual ‘Grow with Aldi’ supplier development programme for 2020, which was developed in partnership…
Aldi unveils revamped Ballincollig 'Project Fresh' Store
Aldi’s Main Street, Ballincollig 'Project Fresh' store has reopened its doors to customers following an extensive renovation project. Featuring the new layout, Aldi’s Main Street, Ballincollig store offers a wide selection of fresh food at the front of the store, hi-spec fixtures and fittings…
Aldi announces plans to open new Kanturk Store
Aldi has confirmed its plans to open a new store in Kanturk, Co.Cork, as part of it's €160 million Irish store network investment programme. Located on Percival Street near the centre of the town, the new development will see a substantial investment into the local area.
Lidl introduces Ireland's first 100% compostable bag for potatoes
Lidl Ireland has introduced the first fully compostable potato bag in the country, in conjunction with Meade Potato Company. The two-kilogramme packs of Meade White Potatoes feature packaging made from FSC-certified sustainable paper, strengthened with starch.
Lidl launches One Good Club Ladies’ Gaelic Football Mental Health Programme
Lidl Ireland has announced a new programme for building mental health awareness in the ladies’ gaelic football community in conjunction with the LGFA and Jigsaw, the national centre for youth mental health.
Centra unveil compostable and reusable bag
Centra unveiled its brand new compostable and reusable bag which is available in all stores across the country. Centra is the first convenience retailer in Ireland to introduce a 100% compostable bag, giving shoppers a more sustainable choice when it comes to carrier bags.
Musgrave partners with leading vegetarian and vegan food brand
Musgrave will have exclusive rights to the production, distribution and marketing of all Happy Pear retail products. The two companies have enjoyed a successful close working relationship since The Happy Pear joined SuperValu’s Food Academy Programme in 2013.
Subway Unveils A New ‘fresh CSR Agenda’ across Ireland
Subway unveils a new ‘Fresh CSR Agenda’ across Ireland to support its owner-operated franchise and reflect the areas where it is seeking to take positive action as a leading quick service restaurant brand across the region.
Dixons Carphone helped by demand for TVs, gaming and smart tech
Demand for TVs, gaming sets and smart technology helped retailer Dixons Carphone to report flat underlying revenue over the tough Christmas period, keeping it on track to meet its financial targets. The group, which reiterated the financial guidance given at its interim results…
Irish and UK sales rise at Dixons Carphone
Dixons Carphone has revealed sales of electrical goods held up well during the Christmas period, with sales in the UK and Ireland up 2pc on a like-for-like basis in the 10 weeks to January 4. In Ireland, Dixons Carphone said it continued its growth over the Christmas trading period.
'Clerical error' wipes out Dixons Carphone's sales growth
Dixons Carphone was left red-faced today as it admitted that its sales growth figure actually represented a decline. The retailer updated the stock market on its Christmas trading figures this morning, telling investors it had enjoyed a two per cent rise in reported sales.
Mothercare Ireland's profits fall but revenues rise
Pre-tax profits at the Irish business of Mothercare last year declined by 22% to €105,768 in spite of an increase in revenues. New accounts show that revenues at Mothercare Ireland Ltd increased marginally from €28.47m to €28.5m in the 12 months to the end of March 2019.
Make your weekly shop more sustainable with these eco-friendly shops around Ireland
From the thick plastic containers we buy cleaning products in to the endless (and usually un-recyclable) thin plastic so much of our food comes in, a trip to the shops can feel like a real burden on the planet. However, this doesn't have to be the case.