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Irish grocery market sales increase by 3.5% over Christmas period
The latest figures from Kantar show that SuperValu has retained its position as the largest grocery retailer in Ireland over the Christmas period. For the 12 weeks to 3 January 2016, including the busy Christmas period, year-on-year sales for the Irish retail grocery market grew by 3.5% according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel. This is the strongest growth in the Irish retail grocery sector since January 2009.
Supermarkets sales grow at rate not seen since boom times
A happy Christmas for all the State’s major retailers saw the retail market grow by 3.5 per cent over the festive season as shoppers relaxed their purse strings. The latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland for the 12 weeks to January 3rd point to a strong uplift for the Irish grocery market resulting in overall market growth not seen since January 2009.
A quarter of consumers 'more likely' to purchase a brand due to social media activity
Dunnes Stores was a big winner over Christmas, according to the latest supermarket share data from Kantar Worldpanel, with the retailer posting a sales increase of 5.6% during the 12-week period to 3 January. Boosted by its 'Shop & Save' voucher campaign, Dunnes' market share now stands at 24.0%.
Online Shopping saw record increase in December
Visa Europe’s latest Consumer Spending Index shows a strong end to 2015 for the Irish economy, with total househole expenditure rising by 6.6% across all payment methods from the previous year. This December performance ties in with a strong fourth quarter overall, showing consumer spending up by 7.1% from the same period in 2014.
Tesco reports its first increase in sales in four years
Early indications show that supermarkets in the UK and Ireland had a strong Christmas - Tesco beat market expectations with a 2.1% increase in sales over the Christmas period. This contributed to a modest 0.4% increased in sales during the 19 weeks to January 9th, international sales increased by 4.1%.
Tesco beats forecasts with strong Irish and British Christmas sales
Tesco, Britain's biggest supermarket chain, beat forecasts for UK sales over the key Christmas trading period, driven by lower prices, and said it was making good progress with its turnaround plan, while Irish sales were also boosted over winter trading. In a trading update released to shareholder today the company also revealed an increase in Irish sales over the Christmas period also.
Spar Great Ireland Run to be bigger and better than ever as new beginners route added to popular event
These ladies certainly look ready to pound the pavements! They were putting their best foot forward at the launch of the SPAR Great Ireland Run in Dublin and to encourage us to keep those get fit New Year resolutions.
Dunnes Stores to follow café chain buy with move for meat processor
Dunnes Stores is planning to make another acquisition following its recent purchase of the Café Sol business. It has just notified the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission of its intention to buy Whelan Food and Meat Processors and Tipperary Sustainable Food Company.
Couche-Tard To Phase Out Topaz Re.Store Brand
The chief executive of Alimentation Couche-Tard, the Canada-based convenience business that has taken over Topaz, has told Checkout that the company plans to gradually phase in its own Circle K brand here, which would see the end of Topaz' recently-launched Re.Store convenience concept.
Confirmed: 'Ladyball' was, indeed, a marketing concept as Lidl partners with LGFA
Lidl has confirmed it is behind the ‘Ladyball’ concept which gripped social media after announcing the retail giant this evening announced it will become the Official Retail Partner to the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA).
Homebase to disappear from UK as Australian brand Bunnings takes over
Homebase will disappear from the UK market and be replaced by the Australian brand Bunnings after Home Retail Group accepted a £340m bid for the troubled DIY chain.
Weak Euro Leads To 'Challenging Festive Period' In Northern Ireland
Northern Irish retailers experienced a 'challenging festive period', due to the weakness of the euro leading to an increase in cross-border shopping. The latest Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor from the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium, which covers the period from 29 November to 2 December, found that retail footfall was down 1.1% in December.
Belfast Christmas shopper footfall down on 2014
The number of shoppers taking to the streets of Northern Ireland were lower over the crucial December period than the same month in 2014 - but were much improved after free falling in November.
Asda planning 'several' new stores across Northern Ireland
ASDA is considering "several sites" across the north as it seeks to eat into its competitors' market share, the grocery chain's chief executive told the Irish News yesterday. Andy Clarke was in the retailer's Dundonald store to mark 10 years since its arrival in Northern Ireland.
Tesco's share of shoppers drops by 2%
Tesco's iron grip on Northern Ireland's retail market is shrinking as the supermarket giant became the only big retailer to see footfall drop in the last year.
Northern Ireland 'fertile ground' for food firm Greggs
The boss of high street bakery chain Greggs described Northern Ireland yesterday as "fertile ground for growth" as it prepares to launch its first company-managed outlet at Boucher Road retail park in Belfast.
Danish retailer Tiger looking to open second store in Northern Ireland after success of first Belfast shop
Danish store Tiger is on the look out across Northern Ireland as it hopes to open its second store in 2016. The company opened its first Northern Irish shop in Belfast in November last year, just before the Christmas rush. Now it has been revealed bosses hope to open a second store in Northern Ireland in 2016.