Budget 2015: Positive Outlook for Retail Industry in Vital Christmas Period

Ireland Beyond the M50 Still Suffering and Needed Support

Retail Excellence Ireland has today (14/10/2014) welcomed Budget 2015 noting that it is the first Budget in seven years that has put money back in consumers’ pockets.  This positive news will further strengthen consumer sentiment resulting in a better Christmas trading period for the Retail Industry.

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By |October 14th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

It’s all go at Harvey Norman as retailer is not down or under

Original article here

In a corner of Harvey Norman’s Dublin head office, there is a bottle of champagne the size of a fire extinguisher. It lies in a glass case bearing an inscription: “Break glass in case of profit. To be opened after one quarter of consolidated net profit.”

Blaine Callard, the company’s chirpy chief executive […]

By |October 13th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

How we can revive town centres

REI Opinion Piece in the Irish Times by Deputy CEO Seán Murphy

Original article here

In 1968, Irish Times columnist John Healy published a book called No One Shouted Stop: The Death of an Irish Town.

While the fortunes of Charlestown, the town in question, have waxed and waned in the years since, there is no doubt that the onset […]

By |October 6th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Retailers bank on budget scrap

Furious lobbying is taking place behind the scenes in an attempt to convince Minister for Finance Michael Noonan to add a little retail therapy to this month’s budget.
The industry has been hit hard by the downturn, with shoppers still fretting over big- ticket purchases. A tsunami of water charges, property taxes and other fiscal nasties tends […]

By |October 3rd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

REI calls for full implementation of Retail Consultation Forum Recommendations

Retail Excellence Ireland has today (01/10/2014) urged the Government to implement the recommendations of the Retail Consultation Forum for Budget 2015.

Speaking this afternoon, REI Deputy Chief Executive Seán Murphy said, “the Retail Consultation Forum’s submission follows on extensive meetings and discussions over the past months. If acted upon, then the Retail sector, which has […]

By |October 1st, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

CSO Retail Sales Numbers: Recovery is sectorally-based and not universal

Retail Excellence Ireland has today (29/09/2014) noted the latest retail sales data from the Central Statistics Office.

Speaking this afternoon, REI Deputy Chief Executive Seán Murphy said, “the fact that the value of retail sales increased by 2.2% on an annualised basis—when motor trade data is excluded—is welcome. This is another indicator that a […]

By |September 29th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Retail Excellence Ireland and Minister Ann Phelan Launch a Strategy for Rural Retailing at the National Ploughing Championships

Retail Excellence Ireland has today (23/09/2014) launched a Strategy for Rural Retailing at the 2014 National Ploughing Championships with Minister for Rural Affairs, Ann Phelan.  The document has been created to provide guidance and motivation to stakeholders in all of Ireland’s towns and villages to work together collaboratively to design and implement a plan which will […]

By |September 23rd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

More than half of Irish SMEs in better shape than before downturn

MORE than half of Irish SMEs believe that their businesses are now in better financial shape than they were before the economic crisis, while 87pc are positive about the outlook for the country’s economy in the year ahead.
But the survey by PWC of companies employing fewer than 250 people also found that businesses still […]

By |September 23rd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments


Retail Excellence Ireland has today (19/09/2014) announced the finalist companies for the 2014 REI Awards in partnership with Barclaycard. The awards will take place in the Radisson Blu in Galway on the 1st of November. The finalists were selected following a rigorous examination process involving, Application Review, Mystery Shopping and a Store Audit process.

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By |September 19th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Talk of increases in Retail Rents Premature

Retail Excellence Ireland has reacted to a report issued today (10th Sept 2014) from Savills Ireland on the Irish Retail Market noting that talk of retail rents starting to rise is at best premature. Speaking this morning Seán Murphy, Deputy CEO, said “while there is no doubt that activity levels and consumer sentiment are […]

By |September 10th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

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