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

Global ingredients firm Glanbia reports higher revenues and earnings

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Global ingredients and nutrition firm Glanbia has reported a 10.7pc increase in revenues to €1.7bn for the first half on a constant currency basis.

Earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation hit €129.5m, a 10.3pc improvement on the same basis.

Glanbia also announced a €60m strategic investment programme in global ingredients aimed at “maximising […]

By |August 20th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Retailers fear transition to new lottery system may disrupt trade

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Retailers are unhappy with assurances from the National Lottery that the impending switchover to a new system will not involve additional costs or a disruption to trade.

The operators of the franchise, Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), are planning to roll out a new technology platform later this year, which will involve replacement of some 4,000 ticket terminals […]

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

Homestore and More sales surge by 20%

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Homestore and More, the home furnishings retailer with 13 outlets across the country, boosted its sales last year by almost 20 per cent, as rising property prices lifted confidence among homeowners and shoppers. Sales at Ogalas, the company behind the chain, rose from €53.2 million to almost €64.5 million in the 12 months […]

By |August 18th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Sales of good coffee and ice-cream soar amidst recovery

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Sales of coffee pods – the packs of Nespresso like coffee capsules used to make good coffee at home or in the office – have almost doubled, according to the latest figures from market researchers, Nielsen Scantrack.
There has been a 150pc jump in sales of single-serve coffee pods over the last year, […]

By |August 18th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Irish consumer sentiment bounces back to seven-year high

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Consumer sentiment bounced back to a seven-year high last month driven by improving perceptions about Ireland’s economic recovery and continuing recovery in property prices.

The latest KBC Bank/ESRI Consumer Sentiment Index rose to 89.4 in July, up from 81.1 the previous month.

Sentiment had taken an unexpected nosedive in May during the time of […]

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

New Look taps into summer trends to help lift sales by 9pc

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Fashion retailer New Look has received an offer for its loss-making French unit Mim and is confident a deal will be struck. The firm, owned by private equity groups Apax and Permira as well as founder Tom Singh, said its first-quarter sales and earnings exceeded its own expectations as it tapped into […]

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

High-end brand & Other Stories for top Grafton St pitch

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Only four months after opening the Cos fashion store on Dublin’s Wicklow Street, the giant H&M fashion group has emerged as the favourite to put another of its luxury brands, & Other Stories, into the former A|wear shop on Grafton Street. The letting is likely to be confirmed later this month.

Intense competition between international […]

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

Spar South Africa does €55m deal for large stake in BWG

SPAR South Africa is to take an 80pc stake in BWG, which owns the Spar brand in Ireland.

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BWG will retain its current management team and group structure under the €55m deal.
The new partnership will have up to €100m to invest in the expansion of BWG’s wholesale and convenience retailing operations over the […]

By |August 12th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Corporate Partners 2014