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Christmas 2014: Irish shoppers to spend an average of €600 each over the festive season
Christmas-mad Irish shoppers are planning to splurge an average of €600 on making this festive season perfect, it has been revealed. Generous mums and dads will fork out around €180 on “Santa” presents and the good news is that almost 30% of people are feeling positive about their finances.
Retail sector hoping for a very merry Christmas
A new report from Retail Ireland says the sector looks set to record its best Christmas shopping season in five years with Irish consumers expected to spend more than €4 billion on festive cheer and gifts in the coming weeks.
Aldi and Lidl looking to keep upmarket customers
During the downturn the German ’discounters’ were swooped upon by householders as a way of ’cutting your cloth’ but as the economy reignites the duo are making a play to keep discerning customers says Tommy Barker.
Christmas shopping: Retailers gear up for bumper weekend sales
Retailers are expecting another bumper shopping weekend as consumers flock to Christmas markets and festivals across the country. After the unexpected success of last weekend's Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping promotions, retail bodies said there are strong signs that the surge in business will continue with Ibec predicting shoppers will spend €4bn this month.
Personal shopping service Launched at The Loop
The Loop has launched its personal shopping service. With Christmas approaching, The Loop’s specially trained multilingual staff are on hand to advise on all the best gifts and new products. The service is completely free and with savings of at least 20pc on fragrances and 15pc on cosmetics.
Kinsale Bay Food Lands €1m Tesco Ireland Contract
Kinsale Bay Food Company, an Irish owned and operated artisan food producer specialising in gluten free foods, has signed a significant contract with Tesco Ireland to supply its products into 73 Tesco stores. The agreement follows the company’s involvement in the Tesco Bord Bia Supplier Development programme and is worth approximately €1m annually.
Give a gift for SVP with Aldi and be in with a chance of winning a year’s free shopping worth €5,200
Give a gift for SVP with Aldi and be in with a chance of winning a year’s free shopping worth €5,200. As we gear up for the season of eating, drinking and being merry, it is easy to forget that there are still soaring numbers of people who are struggling to put a roof over their head and food on the table.
VIDEO: Supermarket Sweep revived! Can I get my Christmas Shopping done in three minutes?
Lidl has revived Supermarket Sweep, offering customers all over Ireland the chance to dash through the store in pursuit of their Christmas shopping. The catch? To get it all wrapped up in just three minutes.
Nando's opens in Omni Park Shopping Centre, creating 28 jobs
Discount retailer Dealz today have announced the opening of an additional three stores in Ireland, creating 80 jobs nationwide. The new stores will be based in Cork, Meath and Kildare, bringing the total number of Dealz stores in Ireland to 39.
Carphone Warehouse to invest €6 million in new data centre
Carphone Warehouse will invest €6 million in a new data centre to power its own mobile service.
The mobile phone retail chain will begin operating a mobile service from next July. The new data centre will house the technical infrastructure to operate the new service.
DFS opens its third store in Ireland in Carrickmines
UK sofa manufacturer and retailer DFS is to open its third store in the Republic of Ireland, in The Park, Carrickmines in Dublin on 6 December, creating 11 new jobs. Since launching in Ireland four years ago, DFS has created a total of 60 jobs and invested heavily in new stores, advertising campaigns and involvement in events such as the Ideal Home Show.
Profits increase as Gap opens fourth Irish store
Pre-tax profits at the Irish arm of US retail clothing giant Gap last year increased by 77% to €1.67m, the latest data reveals. Boosted by the opening of the firm’s fourth store in Ireland last year, Gap Stores (Ireland) Ltd increased its revenues by 21% from €9.86m to €11.96m in the 12 months to the end of February 1 of this year.
Tiger confirm plans to open Limerick store
Retailer Tiger has confirmed its intention to open a store in Limerick. Tiger Stores Ireland, an offshot of the Danish retailer Tiger, already has 13 stores in Ireland and confirmed via its Twitter account that it plans to open on Cruises Street in Limerick in February.
Animal rights campaigners want fur off Christmas shopping list in Limerick
Limerick animal rights activists have come up with a grisly campaign to ensure that animal skins are the last thing you want to put on your Christmas shopping list this year. As part of International Fur Free Friday, four members of the Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) confronted shoppers in the Capital last week with the imitation dead bodies of skinned, bloody foxes.
Retailers prepare for Small Business Saturday
A campaign to encourage consumers to shop locally will begin tomorrow. The Small Business Saturday initiative started in the US on the first Saturday in December 2010, and has since been adopted in Ireland and the UK. The aim is to spread awareness among consumers of the benefit of supporting small businesses in their local area.
A hint of magic in the air at Ireland’s Christmas markets
In need of a break from the frantic pace of neon-lit shopping centres? Kelly O’Brien looks at the rising trend of traditional Christmas markets featuring festive fun and finger-licking food. The soft tones of carol singers floating on the crisp winter air, the mixture of delicious smells wafting from the stalls of cheerful food vendors, and rosy-cheeked children eagerly awaiting their turn to see Santa — nothing says Christmas more than a good market.