Welcome to the first edition of our monthly retail news roundup, Retail Intelligence. In these posts we will share some of the key highlights of the Irish retail industry and what this means for your business. With over 34 years of experience driving sales in the Irish market, at CPM we have a passion for retail and insights, so we hope you find this content useful. We would also love to hear what content you would like to see in the future so please feel free to contact us with any thoughts.
2021 started as a busy year for Irish retailers, with Dunnes leading the way as Ireland’s top grocer over the Christmas period according to the latest Kantar figures. Like last year, Dunnes retained its leading position as shoppers spent more per trip in Dunnes than in any other retailer, holding 22.5% share of the grocery retail market. Tesco and SuperValu both held 22.1% market share for the same period, helped by their strong online presence. Also, shoppers visited SuperValu more frequently and made bigger shops in Tesco.
With 11.8% market share, Lidl was the fastest growing grocer this period, with a remarkable success in alcohol sales. With strong branded sales, Aldi held an 11.2% share of the market this period and increased its sales by 16.4% year on year. Compared to last Christmas, Dunnes decreased its market share by 1.1%, closing the gap between multiples, while Lidl was the biggest growing retailer with an increase of 0.9%.
Irish shoppers spent €1.2 billion on groceries in December (vs €1billion in 2019) with take-home grocery sales in Ireland increasing by 17% during the period. The average shopper spent €134 more on groceries in December than they did last year.
It’s also interesting to see how the use of online grocery shopping continues to grow, with Irish households spending €133 million through digital channels over the Christmas period, accounting 4.1% of all grocery sales in December (vs 2.8% in 2019).
Retailers also experienced some disruptions since the implementation of the post-Brexit deal in January 1st. Tesco reported supplies disruption to Ireland and M&S had shortages on their fresh-food aisle as new processes are taking place.
Retailers also continue to invest in Ireland and support Irish communities through donations. Aldi announced the return of their ‘Grow with Aldi’ Programme while Dealz disclosed details of its new store in Carrickmines Park. Also Tesco and Aldi shared their important contribution through donations.
In January, consumer sentiment dropped sharply due to the increase of Covid cases following the Christmas period. The KBC Bank Ireland consumer sentiment index dropped to 64.9 in January from 74.6 in December.
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All channels experience double-digit growth
Nielsen’s Nicole Farren takes a look at the performance of Ireland’s FMCG brands for the four weeks ending 27 December 2020, compared to the same period in 2019.
Irish consumer sentiment falls 'sharply' in January
Irish consumer sentiment fell sharply in January, reversing the gains seen in December, the latest KBC Bank Irish consumer sentiment index showed.
Dunnes leads the way as Ireland's Top Grocer
The latest figures from Kantar showed that Dunnes continues to hold the highest Irish grocery retail market share at 22.5%, during the 12 weeks to 27 December 2020.
Tesco sees some supply disruption to Ireland post-Brexit, says CEO
Tesco has seen some supply disruption to the island of Ireland since a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union kicked in on 1 January, said Ken Murphy, Tesco, CEO.
Tesco Ireland confirms long-term support for small suppliers
Tesco Ireland has confirmed that it is extending its improved payment terms for small suppliers until the end of February 2022.
Tesco Ireland's Community Fund reaches €5m in donations to local communities
Tesco Ireland has today announced that it has reached €5 million in donations to community groups and local causes across Ireland through its Community Fund initiative.
SuperValu to use 3D printing to produce light fittings made from CDs across store network
New LED lights, combined with green refrigeration units and solar panels on store roofs, has resulted in enough energy saved to power 22,890 homes in Ireland for a year
Aldi extends shorter payment terms for small suppliers for all of 2021
Aldi has confirmed it is extending its temporary shorter payment terms initiative for small and medium Irish suppliers for the entirety of 2021.
Aldi to recruit 1,050 new store staff in 2021
Aldi today announced it is seeking to recruit and train more than 1,050 new store employees throughout 2021, to support its ongoing growth and expansion in Ireland.
Aldi’s investment in ‘Grow with Aldi’ Programme hits €3m
Aldi today announced the return of its ‘Grow with Aldi’ supplier development programme for 2021, which will see it supporting Irish suppliers, offering them the chance to become…
Aldi donates over €77,500 to 155 local charities in 2020
Aldi has announced that it has donated a series of €500 grants, amounting to over €77,500 in total, to 155 charities across the country in 2020.
Aldi and Deliveroo announce free delivery on groceries during lockdown
Aldi, in partnership with Deliveroo, is to offer free delivery on groceries until February 11. Over 400 products can be ordered from the German supermarket through Deliveroo’s on-demand…
Lidl Ireland announces 1,200 new roles
Lidl Ireland has announced that it is to recruit more than 1,200 new employees to its Irish operations this year in a variety of operational and office-based roles across its store network…
Dealz owner Pepco Group's Christmas sales dented by COVID
Pepco Group, the owner of discount retailer Dealz, said same store sales fell 2.1% in its Christmas quarter, impacted by closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dealz to open new store in Carrickmines Park, creating 40 jobs
Dealz has announced it is set to open its latest Irish store at Carrickmines Park in Dublin this month, creating 40 new jobs.
M&S sees food sales up, but clothing sales hammered by lockdowns
Marks & Spencer has reported another big fall in clothing and homeware sales in its Christmas quarter, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit demand and restrictions to stem the spread…
M&S buys Jaeger brand
British retailer Marks & Spencer has purchased the Jaeger brand from its administrators as part of a strategy to bolster its clothing division with new names, it said on Monday.
Brexit delays leave many M&S fresh food shelves empty in Ireland
British retailer Marks & Spencer said Britain's withdrawal from European Union trade rules last week was responsible for near-empty fresh-food aisles at some of its stores in Ireland on Wednesday.
Boots-owner maintains full-year profit forecast; shares rise
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc kept its full-year earnings forecast unchanged on Thursday, even as it anticipates a hit to current quarter earnings from the COVID-19 pandemic…