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Almost Half Of Wine Drinkers Have A Country Preference
Almost half of all wine drinkers (47%) have a preference for wines from a particular country, according to the latest Consumer Insights study conducted by Empathy Research. By region, this preference was found to be strongest in Dublin, with over half (53%) from the capital city saying that they have a preference for wines from a particular country.
Retail sales dip by 0.2% in February on monthly basis
Provisional figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the volume of retail sales fell by 0.2% in February compared to the previous month. But retail sales rose by 8.2% on an annual Basis in February.
Retail Groups Link Flat CSO Sales Numbers To Discounting
Retail Excellence Ireland has suggested that the latest retail sales data from the Central Statistics Office (CS0) for the last month shows that talk of universal recovery in retail is premature. The group also noted the only marginal increase in sales was by value on an annualised basis.
Many retailers still discounting to encourage shoppers to spend
Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the retail sector, said today’s (27 March) CSO retail sales statistics for February show the continuing fragility of the retail sector. While retail sales volumes (excluding car sales and bars) continue to experience strong growth, increasing 0.8% in the month and 5.3% in the year, retail sales values are still 20% below peak.
Aldi and Lidl hold greater market share in Ireland compared to UK
Aldi and Lidl account for almost double the amount of the grocery market share in Ireland compared to the UK. Aldi and Lidl together now account for 8% of the UK retail market, according to Dairyco. In comparison Aldi and Lidl together account for 15.7% of the grocery market share in Ireland, figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the week ending March 1, 2015, show.
Aldi creates 20 jobs at new Oranmore store
Aldi Stores (Ireland) has today opened a new store in Oranmore, Co. Galway, located at New Town Centre, creating 20 new jobs. The new Oranmore store is Aldi’s eighth store in Co Galway and 114th in Ireland. The first Aldi stores in Ireland opened in November 1999.
SuperValu expecting €18m in lamb sales and €300,000 in rhubarb sales in 2015
With the arrival of spring, SuperValu expects to sell €18m worth of fresh Irish lamb in 2015 and €300,000 worth of Irish seasonal rhubarb, both of which are now available in SuperValu’s stores nationwide just in time for Easter.
Lidl ups competition as it plans to open 60 additional stores
Competition in the Irish grocery trade is set to become even more intense following the disclosure by German discounter Lidl that it is looking for sites for more than 60 additional stores on both sides of the Border.