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Shoppers splash out on puddings and wine in run up to Christmas
Irish shoppers are being a bit more liberal with their spending this Christmas than they were a year ago, new data shows. Sales of key festive items across Irish supermarkets has increased with the number of Christmas puddings sold up 12.6 per cent on last year and wine sales up by 8 per cent.
Mince pie sales set to cheer retailers
Santa's belly looks set to be a little bigger after he does his rounds in Ireland this year. Sales of both Christmas puddings and mince pies are up strongly on last year - as are wine sales. Christmas pudding sales have soared by a considerable 12.6pc on the same period last year, while mince pie…
Irish shoppers leaving it late for Christmas groceries
Nearly three-quarters of Irish shoppers are leaving their main Christmas grocery shop until this week, with nearly one in four leaving it as late as Friday or the weekend. This is according to Nielsen, a global performance management company.
Irish people will spend up to €120 on presents for their pets this Christmas
Irish pet owners will spend as much as €120 on Christmas presents for their beloved pals this year. Presents such as Christmas dog jumpers, yuletide scented cat litter, cat caves and cat scratching trees are amongst the most popular gifts for our furry friends.
The most common jobs in Ireland are in sales, retail and farming
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has released the employment statistics from Census 2016. The number of people working in Ireland in April 2016 had increased to just over two million – an 11% increase since the previous Census was taken in 2011.
Small increase in high street trading as consumers go online
Retailers have reported a small increase in trading this Christmas as far more people shop online. Retail Excellence, Ireland’s largest retail representative body, published its Christmas trading review yesterday and it showed that projected sales across the industry are marginally up on the same...
Buses brought in to manage surge in online shopping
An online shopping delivery service has had to bring in buses to deal with the “large increase” in people buying on the web. Parcel Motel, which is a locker-based service, allows consumers to use a virtual address for items they buy online and then collect their goods from stationary units across the country.
Tesco invests €70m in stores as growth returns to Ireland
Tesco Ireland is investing €70m in its stores between this year and 2018, with €31m earmarked for a massive new shop in Liffey Valley. In an interview with the Sunday Independent, Tesco Ireland chief executive Andrew Yaxley revealed that the company has embarked on the significant investment…
Tesco Ireland boss ushers in group's finest hour as sales growth returns
With just over a week to go to Christmas, the car park in Stillorgan shopping Centre is packed and the newly revamped anchor Tesco store is doing a brisk trade. Andrew Yaxley, chief executive of Tesco Ireland, is braced for the intense few days ahead, with next Saturday set to be the busiest…
Irish supermarkets’ Christmas 2017 and New Year opening hours – times for Aldi, Lidl, Dunnes Stores, Tesco, SuperValu and Marks & Spencer revealed
Shops across the country will have different opening hours across Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, St Stephen's Day, New Year's Day and more - but with our handy guide you won't be left out in the cold. IT’S the most wonderful time of the year – and the time when shops are at their busiest.
Dunnes Stores is clinging onto top spot in Ireland's battle of the supermarkets
Dunnes Stores remains Ireland’s largest supermarket in the run up to the festive period. Analysis of the Irish supermarket sector by Kantar Worldpanel has found that Dunnes Stores commanded 22.5% of the total market in the 12 weeks leading up to December.
Voucher system helps keeps Dunnes Stores ahead of retail rivals
Figures from market research company Nielsen show that nearly 75% of Irish shoppers have left their main Christmas grocery shop until this week, with 15% saying they’ll spend a lot less than last year. Only 2% said they planned to spend a lot more this year than last.
Dunnes Stores opening hours for Christmas 2017 in Ireland
The festive season is closing in fast and it's time to get those mammoth Christmas food shopping lists written up and ready to go. If Dunnes Stores is going to be one of your ports of call as you pick up everything you need for Christmas dinner and all the visitors, we've rounded up some of the…
Irish supermarket Christmas price war heats up as Tesco Ireland offers 49c vegetables to rival Lidl and Aldi
A Tesco Ireland food offer is set to rival Aldi and Lidl - and it comes just in time for Christmas. The supermarket has a range of 49c vegetables on sale now which includes brussels sprouts, honeydew melon, brown onions, parsnips and a 1kg family pack of carrots.
Christmas spirit in full flow as Tesco donates surplus food to Simon Community
Tesco Ireland made a special delivery to the Mid-West Simon Community today in a van filled with Christmas treats for the families living in their community hub. As part of Tesco's No Time for Waste campaign, the van itself (a retired grocery home shopping van) was also donated to the charity…
Spar gears up for Christmas with €300k Festive Marketing Campaign Spearheaded by Donal Skehan
Spar is set to continue its longstanding partnership with Donal Skehan after agreeing a deal to sponsor RTE’s new Meals in Minutes Christmas Special as part of the convenience retail brand’s overall €300,000 Christmas marketing campaign.
Irish arm of Argos back in black after booking €153m charge last year
The Irish arm of retail giant Argos, which booked a €153 million impairment charge last year, returned to profit in early 2017 even as sales declined. Argos Distributors (Ireland) Limited reported a €6.4 million pretax profit for the 12 months ending March 2017. This compares to a €153.8 million loss a year earlier.
Mayo man wins prestigious Retail Industry Award
Foxford native and veteran Dublin SPAR retailer Gus O'Hara has been awarded the ShelfLife C-Store Convenience Champion Award 2017. Gus, who owns SPAR Vernon Avenue and SPAR Stiles Road, both in Clontarf, Dublin, was honoured with this prestigious title as Ireland’s top retailers…
Jobs boost for Limerick as new retailer to open in shopping centre
Colourful stationery retailer Smiggle is to open its first store in Limerick, creating a number of jobs in the process. The Australian retailer, which arrived on Irish shores earlier this year, will open its fifth new store of the year at the Crescent Shopping Centre in Limerick, creating eight jobs.
H&M shares plunge after ‘worst sales on record’
H&M shares plummeted after the Swedish apparel chain lost more ground to Inditex’s Zara, amid a crisis in brick-and-mortar stores that threatens to undermine retailers with underdeveloped online businesses.
Tommy Hilfiger eyes more Irish stores as profits rise
Newly filed accounts for Tommy Hilfiger’s Irish operations and those of rival clothing retailer Calvin Klein show both grew revenues and profits last year. Pre-tax profits for Hilfiger Stores Ireland Ltd increased marginally to €471,000. The company’s revenues rose by 7% to €23.56m.
Christmas dinner costs 16% more this year because of blame inflation and Brexit
Forget the trimmings - because Christmas dinner is going to set you back a small fortune this year. New data from Good Housekeeping's annual yuletide survey has revealed a 16% hike in the price of the cheapest set-piece festive meal for eight people, rising from £19.82 to £23.53.