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Von Bismark works on new e-commerce platform for Xbox
Von Bismark, the startup which was founded by twentysomething Dublin City University graduate Eoghan O'Sullivan, is building an app called The Mall for Xbox. It is about to go live in the UK and the United States. The Irish startup company has the sole exploration rights to develop the shopping platform for Xbox One, which has sold more than 10 million units globally.
Shoppers flash most cash on capital's Henry Street
Consumers are forking out €84 on average during a shopping spree on Henry Street, while those on Grafton Street - long considered the country's most upmarket shopping thoroughfare - are spending only €57. The average spend across the city is €70.
Sales up 1.2% in Irish grocery market
The Irish grocery market is improving with the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel showing sales are up by 1.2%. This follows a strong performance at Christmas and means that the market is now in its 11th consecutive period of growth.
Irish Grocery Market 'In 11th Consecutive Period Of Growth'
Sales are up by 1.2% in the Irish grocery market, according to the latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel. The latest data, which covers the 12 week period ending 1st of February, show a strong sales recovery at Christmas across most major retailers, and signify that the market is now in its 11th consecutive period of growth.
‘Ireland’s reputation for highest food standards recognised by US’
Ireland’s reputation for the highest standards of food safety and traceability are recognised by USDA, in approving Ireland as the first EU country to export meat to the US in over 15 years, according to the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney.
Almost Nine Tenths Of Female Consumers Buy Herbs
The latest Consumer Insights survey from Empathy Research has found that 88% of female consumers in Ireland purchase herbs for cooking at home. This is compared to just 77% of male consumers, and 82% of all Irish consumers that buy fresh and/or dry/packed herbs.
Supervalu primed to become Ireland’s largest supermarket
New figures show that Tesco controls just 0.3 percentage points more of the market than SuperValu, with Dunnes still in third spot as it spends tens of millions of euro to lure shoppers by offering money-off vouchers.
Tesco provides over 12,000 charity meals in Carlow
A number of Carlow based charities have received food donations from their local Tesco store on a weekly basis to help support various community causes, including help for the homeless, meals on wheels and weekly socialising dinners for the elderly.
Aldi teams up with Dublin City Council for Dublin at Valentine’s
This Valentine’s Day weekend will see Aldi Ireland team up with Dublin City Council for a weekend of celebrations and declarations of love. Today the Ha’penny Bridge will be garlanded with thousands of red roses from JZ Flowers, Aldi Ireland’s flower supplier, and promotion staff will be handing out single red roses and Irish chocolates to get Dubliners in the mood.
Tesco: Reports On Irish Job Losses 'Purely Speculative'
A Tesco Ireland spokesperson has told Retail Intelligence that reports in yesterday's Irish Independent suggesting that job losses could be on the cards in Ireland are "purely speculative". Details of a massive restructuring process at Tesco UK were revealed at the weekend, which could see the loss of some 10,000 jobs across the retailer's global operations, as well as store closures.
Further Store Cuts Likely As Musgrave Seeks To 'Focus On Quality' Of Londis Brand
A Musgrave Group spokesperson has told Retail Intelligence that it expects to cut ties with further retailers trading under the Londis brand in the UK this year, "although not to the same level as in 2014".
New Tesco Express on Pearse St creates 16 jobs
Tesco Ireland has opened a new Tesco Express on Pearse St Dublin 2. The retailer said the new store will create 16 jobs, with eight staff coming off the Live Register. It’s the 24th Tesco Express store in Dublin. The retailer now employs over 4,500 people in the capital and some 650 people in the city centre area.
Local SPAR stores awarded one of retail’s highest honours
SPAR retailers from across Ireland attended the awards ceremony which was held at Killashee House, Co. Kildare and hosted by BWG Foods, owners and operators of the SPAR brand in Ireland.
Plans scrapped for new top end Dublin retail concept
Investors behind a new retail concept for South Dublin have pulled out of the Irish market before opening their first store. Plans for a new high end retailer to be located in the old SuperValu in the Shankill shopping Centre, Co Dublin have been shelved despite a complete renovation job being carried out on the premises over the past few months.
NI Shopping Numbers Fall
January saw footfall on Northern Ireland's high streets drop, as shopper numbers fell 2.4% on a year ago and were down on the 1.2% rise in December 2014. The vacancy rate in Northern Ireland was 16.3%, which showed a marginal improvement on the previous quarter.