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77% primarily use supermarkets to purchase alcohol
More than three quarters of Irish consumers (77%) primarily purchase alcohol from supermarkets, while fewer than one in ten purchase from independent off-licences most often, according to the latest Consumer Insights report from Empathy Research.
Breakfast briefing: Retail news on Tesco, Big W and Liberty
Retail news round-up on August 21, 2015: Liberty’s new fashion buying director, Big W boss quits and Tesco’s online wine club shut
Poll: Do you think it’s too early for Christmas shopping?
BROWN THOMAS IS opening its Christmas market today…four months before Christmas arrives. It says: “A dedicated space in each store will be transformed into a festive Christmas market – filled with Christmas trees and trim, beautiful decorations, crackers and festive food.”
Lidl marks 15 years of transforming Ireland’s grocery shopping habits
Three times as many people visited an Irish Lidl store as passed through Dublin Airport in 2014. The German supermarket giant arrived on Irish shores 15 years ago yesterday — opening seven stores in 2000. Since then, the Irish love-affair with the no-frills discounter has grown, with Lidl employing 3,200 people in 143 stores.
New system to slash retail red tape
Retailers will be the first group to benefit from a new licensing portal which it is hoped will slash through much of the cumbersome red tape that has existed up until now. The new portal being established by the Government in conjunction with An Post and Escher Groups will act as a one-stop shop for retailers to register and apply for licences they are obliged to have for trading purposes.
Emigrant returns to launch new retail loyalty app
Fiachra Woodman left Galway 30 years ago to pursue a career in IT, but visited the country he still calls home this week to launch his new disruptive retail loyalty app. CardTrix is the first prototype to come onto the market since Woodman established the Global Innovations Lab in early 2014, within data-driven marketing and analytics company Aimia.
7Up the biggest spender on outdoor advertising in July
7Up was the biggest spender on outdoor advertising in July in the Food & Beverage sector, according to the latest Posterwatch report from PML Group. The Pepsico brand accounted for approximately €312k worth of spend as it ran an extensive OOH campaign that promoted the variety of artwork used by 7UP on its cans since the 1930s.
VIDEO: Lidl gives Irish couple a big wedding surprise
Last weekend, at the peak of the Irish wedding season, Lidl decided to help one loved -up couple make the most of their big day.
Retail Ireland publishes Budget 2016 recommendations
Budget 2016 is less than 8 weeks away now, and it’s that time of year when political, commerical and social organisations and bodies begin lobbying the Minister for Finance with their thoughts, expectations and in some cases demands for how they believe the State should spend its (i.e. our) money over the next twelve months and beyond.
New Aldi store in Ardkeen creates 20 jobs
Aldi has today opened a new store in Ardkeen in Waterford City, creating 20 jobs. It’s Aldi’s fifth store in Co Waterford and shop number 117 in Ireland. The German discount retailer opened its first shop here in November 1999.
Rebecca enjoys triple-digit growth in Ireland
Italian jewellery brand Rebecca is celebrating triple-digit growth in Ireland just two years after its launch into the Irish markets in 2013. Starting with just one stockist in September 2013, the brand is now stocked in more than 60 retail stores across both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Sales continue to fall for Irish newspapers
The latest Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) figures show sales of all Irish newspapers have further declined, with some titles dropping more than 10% in just 12 months.
On the plus side however, the latest ABC figures show that the rate of decline in the Irish daily newspaper has actually slowed.
Poundland provisionally cleared for 99p stores takeover
UK retailer Poundland, which operates the Dealz franchise in Ireland and Spain, has been provisionally cleared by the UK Competition and Markets Authority to take over its rival 99p Stores.
In its ruling, the CMA concluded that ‘the merger may not be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition’ and cleared the proposed deal.
‘Aldi and Lidl should pay same minimum milk price here as in UK’
The Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA) has called on Aldi and Lidl to pay the same minimum milk price in Ireland as in the UK. Pat McCormack, ICMSA Deputy President, was reacting to the news that Aldi and Lidl have promised to pay UK farmers 28p/L for milk as and from Monday August 17.
Meat group seeks better market access
Ireland needs to push EU authorities to accelerate their efforts to gain full market access to US and China, says Meat Industry Ireland. The Ibec meat factory group says access to these key markets would help offset losses resulting from Russia’s ongoing embargo on many EU food imports, plus losses caused by trade disputes in France.