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Irish grocery market gets a 14% boost during Easter week
Irish shoppers spent a whopping €371m on groceries during Easter week, an increase of 14% on the previous year, according to data published by Nielsen. The latest figures cover the week ending April 12th which was also saw the highest sales so far this year. In addition,…
Easter week sees Irish FMCG sales surge by 14%, compared to 2019
Easter week 2020 saw Irish FMCG sales surge by 14%, compared to 2019, new data shows. According to a new research conducted by Nielsen on behalf of Checkout, sales reached €371 million, during Easter week ending 12 April, making it the highest value sales week of the year to date.
Non-specialised stores retail volume sales increase by 14% in March: CSO
The volume of retail sales of non-specialised stores (including supermarkets), showed a 14% increase in March 2020 compared to February 2020, new data showed. Food, Beverages & Tobacco in specialised stores (excluding supermarkets) was up by 17%, according to new…
More Irish consumers using contactless and digital wallets – AIB
Covid-19 is impacting the behaviour of Irish consumers, as they shift towards using contactless to pay for goods and service, according to figures released today by AIB. The data has been compiled from over one million debit card transactions between 1st and 12th April…
More consumers using contactless and digital wallets, new KBC current accounts up 10%
A new survey shows that more Irish consumers are using contactless pay methods to pay for goods and services as Covid-19 changes spending patterns. The data, from AIB, shows that consumers are spending 30% more per transaction using contactless on their debit cards…
Data shows Ireland’s most sought after supermarket goods – so this is what we’re doing
Lockdown shopping trends have revealed secret habits many people would rather were kept secret. Much of the nation dyes its hair… and with hairdressers closed there has been a doubling in sales of home dyeing kits. And it seems we do not prefer blondes… but brunettes.
Hardware stores told not to open to public
Hardware stores should not be open to the general public, the Government has clarified, following widespread confusion in recent days. Business Minister Heather Humphreys said that hardware stores can operate in a "very limited and restricted way" and should not be…
Retail outlets urged to use 'common sense' when admitting family groups to stores
More than 47,000 businesses have signed up for the Wage Subsidy Scheme, the government has announced. The scheme allows employers to retain and pay staff throughout the Covid-19 crisis, with the government subsidising part of the wage.
Reopening of shops may require temperature checks for customers
Temperature checks for staff and customers, mandatory staff Covid-19 testing, and no price promotions to prevent “surge consumption” are among measures being mulled over by retailers as they plan for eventual reopening of non-essential outlets.
Retailer sees 25% surge in sales of pregnancy tests during lockdown
A discount retailer says it has seen a surge in demand for pregnancy test kits, suggesting a post-lockdown baby boom could be one of the consequences of prolonged stay-at-home guidelines. Dealz, which has kept its stores open to sell essential items, has seen weekly…
Bakers keep making dough following move online
When Storm Emma hit Ireland in 2018, the country's shops quickly ran out of bread. However Ireland’s love of baked goods has manifested itself differently during the Covid-19 pandemic, with shop shelves this time cleared of flour and yeast.
Ireland’s first virtual pub opens its doors to the public
The world’s very first virtual Irish pub has opened its doors to the public. With bars and pubs across Ireland and much of the world closed during lockdown, a group of Irish hospitality professionals have joined forces to create an online platform designed to recreate…
Middle-aged people with children hit hardest by coronavirus recession
One in eight Irish consumers have no way of financing a €1,000 hit to their income, a survey assessing the capacity of consumers to weather the financial storm stemming from the Covid-19 crisis has found.
More than half of Irish consumers believe Covid-19 will affect their household finances
About three in every five Irish consumers think the Coronavirus will affect their household finances. The figure comes from KBC's Irish Consumer Sentiment Survey for April which shows a 'sharp' drop in Irish consumer confidence.
Buymie ties up new Lidl contract and raises €2.2m
Buymie, an Irish grocery delivery startup, has raised €2.2m in funding and signed a multi-year partnership agreement with Lidl Ireland. The company, which was set up three years ago, uses an app to connect customers with hundreds of independent personal shoppers…
New rules on what is considered 'essential shopping' at Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Supervalu, Dunnes and more
One of the few reasons people are allowed to leave their homes at the moment is to go for essential shopping. All supermarkets remain open with some slight alterations to help keep shelves stocked and give workers the time off they need.
Dunnes Stores boosts storage capacity in online retail boom
One of Ireland's major retailers, Dunnes Stores, has done a rental deal to take a 325,000sqft logistics unit in Damastown Business Park, Mulhuddart, Dublin, owned by IPUT. The move comes as agents report a spike in demand for logistics rental property, especially from food and…
Tesco introduce Click and Collect shopping in 10 new locations around Ireland
Tesco have confirmed that they are expanding their click and collect services to help meet the current demand. The expanded services will see brand-new collection points and additional slots becoming available for customers across the country.
In conversation with... Rita Kirwan, Marketing Director at Aldi Ireland
In uncertain times, it is more important than ever to share experience, insights and advice with your peers so we can all learn from one another. With this in mind, we are having conversations with members across various sectors to understand how themselves and their teams…
McDonald's planning to 're-open restaurants in Ireland' next month according to reports
McDonald’s is set to begin reopening restaurants in Ireland this coming May, according to the Irish Farmers Journal. The fast-food giant is reportedly planning to re-open select drive-thru and delivery service from mid-May.
Early pandemic panic by stockpiling shoppers sent pasta prices spiralling
The price of dried pasta rose by 8.6% during March as shoppers rushed to stockpile cupboard essentials at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, research shows. The new 'lockdown index' from Ulster Bank has tracked the price of sought-after goods using the…