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Insight of the Week: Online Shopping
With online retailers licking their lips in anticipation of a bumper Christmas, the latest Kantar Media TGI figures show that 12% of Irish adults shop online about once a month. The top three things they are more likely to purchase online than the average internet-using adult are alcohol, computer accessories and groceries.
Retail recovery gains momentum, as sales rise 5.3%
The CSO’s Retail Sales Index shows that August was the ninth consecutive monthly year-on-year rise in both the value and volume of retail sales. While the value of all sales rose by 5.3% in August, when new cars and sales in bars are excluded, the total value of sales rose by a more modest, albeit healthy, 2%, compared with August 2013.
44% Of Smokers Will Consider Quitting If Budget Increases Tobacco Prices
44% of Irish smokers admitted that they would consider quitting smoking if the price of tobacco products went up in the Budget, according to the latest Consumer Insights survey by Empathy Research. Of 962 participants, women said they were the most likely (50%) to consider quitting if prices went up, compared to men (39%).
Budget 2015: Retail Excellence Ireland Reaction
Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) has declared this year’s Budget as the 'best in seven years' as it is the first to put money back in the consumer’s pockets. The retail member organisation believes the positive news will further strengthen consumer sentiment resulting in a better Christmas trading period for the retail industry.
SuperValu to sell 115,000 pumpkins this Halloween
SuperValu has announced that it expects to sell 115,000 pumpkins this Halloween; a 30% increase compared to 2013. Available in all 223 SuperValu stores nationwide from this week, pumpkins will retail at €3 for a giant pumpkin; €2 for large pumpkins and €1 for medium size. This is the seventh year that SuperValu will sell Keeling’s Irish pumpkins, grown by Oisin O’Gradaigh on 4.5 hectares of land in Castlebellingham, Co. Louth, and with the recent fine weather, it has been a bumper crop.
Spar to stay in Fair City's Carrigstown for at least three years
Convenience retailer Spar has entered into a new agreement with RTÉ Television, which will mean that the store on the Fair City set will continue to be part of its network for at least the next three years. The new deal forms part of an overall investment of €900,000 by the brand owners which includes an integrated national and local marketing campaign.
Poundland rings up growth in Ireland as its Dealz chain cashes in on savvy shoppers
"It always has a special place in my heart," he says of the Dealz store in Blanchardstown. Not many people can say that about a shop in Blanchardstown or any shopping mall for that matter. One suspects McCarthy loves them the way only a parent could. The Blanchardstown outlet was the first of two opened in Ireland by Poundland three years ago. (For obvious reasons, the Poundland name has fewer borders it could cross these days - think Sudan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt as some of the places that use a pound currency).
New SuperValu in Enfield creating 24 jobs
Twenty four new jobs are to be created as a former Centra store in Enfield, Co Meath opens as Hannon’s SuperValu. This follows a project which sustained 50 local construction jobs over the past few months and involved the store being converted and expanded from 5,000 sq ft to 12,500 sq ft.
Iceland to open two new stores in Munster
Iceland has announced it is to open two stores in Munster creating 44 new jobs. The new stores are located on the Cork Road Waterford and in Midleton town and will create a minimum of 22 jobs for each store. Iceland Midleton opens on 25 November and Iceland Waterford opens on 2 December both in time for the Christmas rush.
Tesco face painting initiative raises €60,000 in four hours for Temple Street
'Ireland’s Largest Face Painting Event', which took place in all 146 Tesco stores around the country on Saturday, 11 October, raised €60,000 in four hours for Temple Street Children’s University Hospital.
Dunnes Stores gets its own Martha Stewart
Textile designer Helen James, who was design director of Donna Karan Home in New York, has produced a homewares collection for Dunnes Stores and it goes on sale in selected branches tomorrow. Considered, by Helen James, is a beautifully conceived selection of cookware, baking equipment and artisan food products.
Aldi settle IFA vegetable dispute with a commitment to Irish produce
An agreement has been reached between supermarket Aldi and the Irish Farmers’ Association over concerns raised by vegetable growers. Last month the IFA supported a protest held outside the headquarters of the discount supermarket in Naas, Co Kildare. At the demonstration one protester, dressed as the grim reaper, stood over a coffin full of vegetables.
HMV and Xtra-vision latest additions to One4all retail portfolio
One4all has announced the addition of HMV and Xtra-vision to its retail portfolio ahead of the busy Christmas sales period. From today, One4all Gift Cards will be accepted in stores across the Republic of Ireland and can also be redeemed on HMV.ie and Xtra-vision.ie.