CPM, Ireland’s leading field sales company, takes a look at the Irish retail news for this week. Every Wednesday we share the recent announcements. This is a one stop shop for all your Irish retail news. If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter which will include all Retail articles for the previous month, including "Retail at a Glance" subscribe today.
Best Shops - the categories and the judges
This year we have changed the categories slightly and added etailers and market stalls. We’re also mindful that many entrepreneurs start their retail life as a stall holder so we also want to hear about the new enterprises setting up their stall in your locale.
Irish retailer Primark holding job fairs in Boston in July
One of Europe’s largest retailers, Primark, is looking for over 450 employees to staff its first U.S. store , slated to open early this fall in Boston.
The clothing company is hosting job fairs in July at the Omni Parker House Hotel, located a few blocks away from Primark’s location in the Downtown Crossing neighborhood in Boston.
Amazon introduces Prime Day, and says it'll be bigger than Black Friday
To mark its 20th birthday next week, online shopping heavyweight Amazon has announced a new “global shopping event” called Prime Day – an event it says will have more deals than Black Friday.
1 in 5 Think Protein-Enhanced Products Are “Bad For Your Health”
The latest Consumer Insights report from Empathy Research has found that 20% of people in Ireland believe that protein-enhanced products are 'bad for your health'. Somewhat unsurprisingly, this is predominantly driven by those who have never consumer protein-enhanced products (26%).
Scally Named New Head Of Lidl Ireland
John Paul Scally has been named as the new managing director of Lidl Ireland, commencing 1 September. Scally, who currently holds the position of operations director at Lidl France, replaces Brendan Proctor, who was recently appointed managing director of Lidl’s fledgling US operation.
Boost for Boucher as leading retailer moves in
Leading furniture retailer Harvey Norman is to move into a “significant unit” in Balmoral Plaza on Belfast’s Boucher Road according to commercial property firm CBRE, which acted as the lettings agent on behalf of the landlord.
Tesco back on top in supermarket battle
Retail giant Tesco has retained its crown as the country's number one grocery store despite seeing an almost 3pc drop in value sales. The UK-based company has less than a one per cent lead on their closest rival, SuperValu, as the Irish supermarket war rages on.
Voucher scheme sees boost for sales at Dunnes Stores
The latest supermarket share figures show a strong performance from Dunnes - growing sales by 6.3% in the past 12 weeks to reach a market share of 22.2%. That is up from 21% in the same period last year.
Marks & Spencer food sales outperform market
Marks And Spencer’s latest trading report for Q1 2015/16, shows the retailer’s food sales are up +0.3% on a like-for-like basis. By contrast general merchandise sales dipped by -0.4% on a like-for-like basis. However, according to the retailer, its general merchandise sales are still on track to deliver the full year guidance of +150 to +200 basis points.
Whitewater manager gets key retail award
Whitewater Shopping Centre’s Ingrid Ryan has been named all-Ireland manager of the year at the 2015 Spectre Awards on the back of strong growth in customer numbers and spending at the Kildare venue.