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The battle is on for Christmas shoppers
With just two weekends of shopping left, festivals, cheap parking schemes and extra public transport are being organised in a bid to get the biggest possible slice of the spending action. Retailers say today and next Saturday will be the most lucrative days for stores around the country.
Irish people spend more per head on Christmas than others in West
Irish people spend more money over the Christmas period than people in any of the major Western economies, a new study has shown. The report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) found that last Christmas we spent almost €965 ($1,200) per person, almost twice as much as Americans.
Evolution of Irish family means more travelling at Christmas, survey reveals
Ireland’s modern family is rushing all over the country, cramming in as many visits as possible and gifting all the way during Christmas, according to a new survey. The evolution of the traditional Irish family – with extended families, stepfamilies, cohabiting parents and civil partnerships – means that the average Irish person now attends six Christmas celebrations in order to keep the peace and ensure everyone is happy, the research found.
Crowds hit the shops - but many already bought online
Footfall surged in towns and city centres at the weekend but many consumers had already done the bulk of their Christmas shopping online. Up to 600,000 shoppers pounded pavements in Dublin city on Saturday, and retailers expect even higher numbers next weekend and in the days leading up to December 25.
61% Of Irish Adults Plan On Staying In For New Years Eve
61% of Irish adults plan to stay in this New Year’s Eve, according to the latest Consumer Insights survey by Empathy Research. Of 944 participants, women were more likely (63%) than males (59%) to stay in. Respondents over 35 were significantly more likely to stay in for New Year’s Eve; 72% of 35-44 year olds, 64% of 45-54 year olds and 71% of 55+ year olds plan to stay in compared to only 31% of 18-24 year olds and 52% of 25-34 year olds.
Consumers anticipate higher household bills
Irish consumers’ confidence about their household disposable income has declined over the last six months, but people nevertheless expect to spend marginally more in the next six months, largely on essentials. These are among the results of the Deloitte H2 2014 Consumer Tracker.
Shoplifters To Steal €9 Million A Week Over Christmas
Shoplifters are set to steal €9 million a week from Irish retailers over the Christmas shopping period, according to the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME). The retail representative group has warned retailers to be extra careful during this time as businesses are often targeted by gangs.
Dublin is 'like walking into a Christmas card' - New York Times
The New York Times has paid a pre-Christmas visit to Dublin, finding 'Good Cheer and Great Deals' aplenty for its readers. "What I found was a newly energized city rich not only with jovial cheer, but also an abundance of artisan offerings and a creative, literary spirit," says the author, Ratha Tep.
Christmas Markets in Ireland: Get your gluhwein on with our comprehensive guide
There's a bounty of shopping and foodie options in the capital, but for something a little different visit the inaugural St Stephen's Green Christmas Market (runs until December 23, from 12 midday, admission free).
Pepsi Max The Biggest Spender On Outdoor Advertising In October
Pepsi Max was the biggest spender on Outdoor advertising in Food & Drink for October 2014, according to the latest Posterwatch report from PML Group. The soft drink brand accounted for €530k worth of outdoor spend during the month, well ahead of Kinder Surprise in second, which accounted for €226k worth of spend, and Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain in third, which accounted for €149k worth of spend.
Tesco Increased Advertising Spend By 111% In Q3, Study Finds
The latest Supermarket Ad Tracker* from Checkout magazine, in association with Nielsen, has found that Tesco increased its advertising spend by a massive 111.4% across all traditional media channels in Q3 (July to September), putting the retailer well ahead of its rivals in terms of share of voice.
Tesco Ireland ramps up online shopping as price war rages
Tesco has revealed an ambitious online strategy to the Sunday Independent, as the company pushes online sales hard in what retailers are calling the most challenging year yet for supermarkets.
Aldi creates 25 new jobs as it opens store in Ireland's tallest building and relaunches revamped outlet
Supermarket chain Aldi has created two new jobs with the launch of a new shop and the reopening of a revamped store. The grocery firm's new outlet is being opened in Ireland's tallest building, the Elysian in Cork city centre, which means they now have 18 shops in Cork.
€8.2m Musgrave expansion to create 80 jobs
A total of 80 new jobs are to be created as a result of an €8.2m investment at the Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland depot in Fonthill, Dublin, the company has announced. The new roles in management, warehouse and driving positions will bring the total headcount at the site to 335 permanent staff.
Tesco crosses festive wishes off Ballincollig shoppers’ Santa lists
Tesco Ireland crossed festive wishes off Ballincollig shopper’s lists with surprise Tesco home deliveries bringing some Christmas cheer to some lucky customers. For two days earlier this month, it asked customers in the new Ballincollig Tesco Extra to describe what makes Christmas special to them.
Topaz parent company acquires Esso Ireland’s fuels and c-store businesses
Topaz Energy Limited today (12 December) confirmed plans to extend its brand to the Esso fuels and convenience store businesses in Ireland, following the agreement of its parent company to purchase the shares of the Esso affiliate in Ireland.
Lidl’s Clare Stores Dash Ahead for Barretstown
As well as winning their Christmas shopping for free (the average of goods won per person totalled €350), each winner also contributed to the whopping €135,438 which was raised from ticket sales in just 2 short weeks. A total of €2,383 was raised in Clare alone.
Tesco Castlebar celebrates its third €1,000 donation to local good causes
Tesco Castlebar has shared its third donation of €1,000 among three local good causes as part of the Tesco Community Fund initiative, which will see €1 million donated annually to good causes across Ireland.
H&M banks on Dublin flagship shop
All things bank-related may have been seriously out of vogue these past few years, but there’s a growing trend for clothing retailers to set up shop in grand former bank buildings.
1,603 meals collected in Christmas Food Appeal
Over 1,603 meals were collected by Lions Club and Tesco volunteers in Tesco stores in Clare during a two-day Christmas Food Appeal, with Tesco topping-up the local Clare donations by 30%, it has been announced.
Competition and Consumer Protection Commission To Act As Grocery Ombudsman, Minister Confirms
Minister Richard Bruton has said that the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), to be formed following the enactment of the Competition and Consumer Protection Bill, will fulfil the role of 'ombudsman' governing retailer-supplier relationships.