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CPM chief looks to data-science future
Firsts seem to come easy to Lorraine Butler, the straight-talking managing director of CPM Ireland, one of the country's leaders in outsourced sales and marketing services where key customers include the likes of GSK, Harvey Norman and Eir. She was the only woman out of….
Growing appetite for premium goods fuels grocers' festive boom
Demand for premium products helped Irish grocers enjoy a record Christmas in 2018. Some €1bn was spent on groceries in December as Irish shoppers showed an appetite for splashing out on more expensive items. Sales of branded goods rose 3.2pc year-on-year, while sales of premium private label ranges were up 11.2pc….
Christmas spending splurge lifts grocery spend to over €10.8 billion for 2018
The five largest supermarkets tapped the lion’s share of the €10.85bn spent last year on groceries, an increase of 2.8% from 2017.The new figures from researcher Kantar World panel cover the important Christmas trading period and also suggest that price inflation has re-emerged on the Irish grocery market landscape….
Irish customers forked out an average of €700 in supermarkets over Christmas
A Christmas cash splurge which saw consumers spend an average of €700 each, drove supermarket sales to a record €1billion last month. Bumper spending saw families fork out an extra €151 on groceries over the holiday season. The retail rush was a record breaker - with almost €1 billion….
Irish shoppers spent record €995 million on groceries in December
Irish shoppers spent a record €995 million in December as customers splashed out over the festive period, new figures show. The latest Kantar World panel data shows value sales reached €995 million in the month of December, the highest monthly total ever recorded in the Irish grocery market….
Festive spending took a hit and retailers have pointed the finger at... Black Friday again
Consumer spending over the festive period significantly dipped last month, with Retail Ireland claiming that “deep discounting” pre-Christmas has taken a toll on sales. According to the latest Irish consumer spending index from Visa, overall spending decreased 0.3% year-on-year in December, the height of the busy Christmas sales period….
Most Irish adults believe that supermarkets should donate unsold leftover food to charity
Almost 9 in 10 (89%) adults believe that supermarkets should donate unsold leftover food to charity, up marginally from levels recorded in 2018 (87%), highlighting the continued focus on sustainability and waste in relation to food products amongst consumers….
This is the year of retail reinvention
Change is the only constant in retail. This is a much-used phrase, but in 2019 our retail sector is in for its fastest-ever period of change and reinvention. This is equally the case for our high streets and town centres. This change will not all be good, as we will see some more significant large retail casualties in 2019….
Dunnes leads the way as Ireland's top supermarket for second Christmas in a row
For the second Christmas in a row and the fourth consecutive period overall Dunnes was Ireland’s leading retailer, accounting for 23% of the grocery market – its highest Christmas share since 2013….
Aldi pledges investment of over €500,000 to support Irish food and drink suppliers – and offers chance to become core range nationwide
The Grow with Aldi programme also offers suppliers the chance to become a part of the core range listing that supplies all 137 Aldi shops in Ireland. Aldi will pick up to 70 of the products to be listed as part of the Grow with Aldi Special buys event in June 2019. A final five of the products will then be chosen to become part of the core range nationwide….
Aldi unveils new store as part of €160m investment in Irish stores
ALDI has opened its doors to its ‘Project Fresh’ store in Oranmore as part of the German supermarket’s €160m investment in its Irish store network. The newly refurbished store has received a full makeover, with the new layout scooping up awards at the Checkout National Retail Supplier Awards….
One sold every minute: TVs fly out of Currys Ireland on Black Friday
An online order was placed every eight seconds and a television sold every minute during the Black Friday sales at Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse in Ireland. The Irish arm of British chain Dixons Carphone said sales at Currys PC World rose 22 per cent year-on-year with the Black Friday sale….
Eason’s sales grow but consumer migration to online made for ‘challenging’ year
Irish books and stationery retailer Eason saw sales at its retail business in the Republic and its online store increase in the 11 months to the end of December 2018, but sales in Northern Ireland declined again in what chairman David Dilger has told shareholders was another “challenging” year. In spite of these challenges, Mr Dilger….
'Bad stores kill retail - not Amazon'
Blaine Callard is wound up and ready to pounce. "I'm giving you facts and you're giving me back sentiment," he says, waving a dossier at me. We're sitting in Harvey Norman's new flagship outlet in Ireland, a giant, 58,000ft Ikea-like retail superstore in Tallaght. Surrounded by 65-inch TVs and custom sofas, Callard is giving me chapter and verse on a topic that bugs him….
Penney’s owner reports 'modest decline' in sales
Associated British Foods (ABF), the group behind Penney’s and Primark, has reported a "modest decline" in like-for-like sales in the four months to January 5, 2019. However, its overall sales were up 4pc as a result of the group opening more shops. Group revenue from continuing operations for the 16 weeks….
Penney’s sees Christmas sales growth
Discount clothing retailer Primark has said it saw good trading levels in its Irish operations over the first quarter of its financial year, which included the Christmas selling season. The Dublin-based business trades here as Penney’s and is ultimately owned by diversified UK business group Associated British Foods (ABF)….
Decathlon plans nine outlets for Ireland, starting with Ballymun
French sports retailing giant Decathlon plans to open nine shops in Ireland over the next few years, beginning with a large outlet beside Ikea in Ballymun, north Dublin, where it has secured planning permission and will begin construction shortly. The retailer outlined its plan to bring more than 60 of its sports brands directly to Irish customers, and its Ballymun outlet will feature a rollerblading track….
New Belfast Primark store enjoys strong first month
Retail giant Primark says its new Belfast store has had a strong first month of trading since opening. The Castle Street outlet was launched in an extension to its original shop following the devastating fire at the Bank Buildings premises at the end of August. But Primark said it had no update on the timing….
Households in Northern Ireland spent more on food shopping last year says report
Northern Ireland households did bigger food shops last year, new figures show. The grocery market successfully weathered a year of political uncertainty, posting sales growth of 1.2 per cent in 2018, latest data from Kantar World panel reveals. And Tesco solidified its position as the largest retailer in the market, accounting for more than a third of overall sales in the north….