Grant Thornton REI Q1 2016 Retail Productivity Review

Grant Thornton REI Q1 2016 Retail Productivity Review

Q1 2016 Retail Growth Led Primarily by Easter Trading Rather Than a Sound Recovery

Retail Excellence Ireland (REI), Ireland’s largest retail industry body, in conjunction with Grant Thornton has today issued the Grant Thornton REI Q1 2016 Retail Productivity Review.

Overall Q1 2016 proved a productive quarter up 4.9% […]

By |April 26th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Lack of Government & Focus on the Retail Economy Impacts Retail Industry Sales

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By |March 29th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

GroMór Campaign 2016

GroMór Campaign 2016

Pamela Flood Launches GroMór Campaign 2016 Encouraging Everyone to Get Out, Get Healthy, Get Growing
With the longer evenings and warmer weather fast approaching it’s time to ditch those winter coats, embrace the Spring time and get out in the fresh air.
Pamela Flood, Monday, 21st March, marked the launch of GroMór 2016, a […]

By |March 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

IEDR’s OPTIMISE Fund 2016

IEDR’s OPTIMISE Fund 2016

Knowledge gap and lack of financial supports prevent SMEs going online

IEDR’s OPTIMISE Fund 2016 launched to help SMEs get eCommerce ready
1 in 4 SMEs still without a website or any online presence at all
Greater focus needed to ensure SMEs don’t get left behind, as Irish consumers spend almost €6.5 billion online

A […]

By |March 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

The Needs of Retail Election 2016

The Needs of Retail Election 2016 

It is clear that while we have exited the recession, feelings of optimism are not consistent across the country with
areas outside of the M50 continuing to struggle. The retail industry plays a vital role in supporting and sustaining communities and local economies around Ireland. It provides the means by which both […]

By |February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Grant Thornton REI Q4 2015 Retail Productivity Review

Grant Thornton REI Q4 2015 Retail Productivity Review 

The Grant Thornton Retail Excellence Ireland Retail Productivity Review provides the most in-depth retail industry and sectoral analysis available today. The Review monitors overall industry performance and sectoral performance. The Review aggregates and analyses data from over 4,500 retail stores in Ireland. REI collated data through on-line survey. GfK collated data through […]

By |January 26th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

REI Launches Election Manifesto

REI – The Needs of Retail Election 2016

It is clear that while we have exited the recession, feelings of optimism are not consistent across the country with
areas outside of the M50 continuing to struggle.
The retail industry plays a vital role in supporting and sustaining communities and local economies around Ireland. It provides the means by […]

By |January 13th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Post-Christmas Sales Start Strong as Shoppers Splurge

Post Christmas Trading Starts Starts Strong as Shoppers Splurge

The St Stephens’ Day sales have started strong, according to Retail Excellence Ireland. Stores were open early this morning and with higher than usual discounts available it’s been robust start to the winter sales season. Early morning shoppers were treated to up to 50% off in […]

By |December 26th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Christmas Trading Predicted to be up 3.6 percent

Overall Christmas Trading Predicted to be up 3.6 per cent

It is anticipated that Christmas 2015 will trade up against Christmas 2014 by 3.6%, however trading remains mixed especially in provincial Ireland. Dublin and larger urban centres have experienced growth in excess of 5%, whilst the same good fortune is not being felt in many […]

By |December 24th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

REI Retail Industry Christmas Trading Statement 2015-Part 2

REI Retail Industry Christmas Trading Statement 2015 – Part2

While trading remains mixed, and especially in provincial Ireland, it is anticipated that Christmas 2015 will trade up on last year by 3.6%. The Eastern counties are trading in excess of 5% up on the Western counties due to inclement weather patterns. Towns such as Athlone, […]

By |December 24th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Irish Retailers set for best Christmas in 8 years

Irish Retailers set for best Christmas in 8 years

While trading remains mixed across retail sectors, and especially in provincial Ireland, it is anticipated that Christmas 2015 will trade up on last year by 3 to 5%. Although the inclement weather over the last two weeks has negatively impacted on-street retail nationwide, shopping centre retailers […]

By |December 19th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

NIIRTA and REI Present to Ministerial Council on Retail Industry

NIIRTA and REI Present to Ministerial Council on Retail Industry

Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) and the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) have for the first time today made a joint presentation to a North-South Ministerial Council sectoral meeting on the Economy.
Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell MLA and Irish Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton TD met […]

By |December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

REI Small Business Saturday Launch

REI Small Business Saturday Launch

Retail Excellence Ireland continues to support and promote Small Business Saturday in Ireland. This is a campaign which profiles small business and encourages consumers to shop locally and support jobs and enterprises in their respective communities. It is a social media and marketing campaign that provides local businesses with the […]

By |November 25th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

BIK Increase to €500 to be implemented with immediate effect – Irish Gift Card Market to grow to €1billion by 2018

BIK Increase to €500 to be implemented with immediate effect – Irish Gift Card Market to grow to €1billion by 2018

It has been confirmed that Minister Michael Noonan is to implement the increase in Benefit In Kind (BIK) relief retrospectively from 22nd October 2015. BIK is increasing from €250 to €500 allowing companies to […]

By |November 17th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Tilestyle Wins National Store of the Year

Tilestyle Wins National Store of the Year

Irish retailers continue to be at the forefront of driving customer excellence and last night those leading the way were recognised at the Retail Excellence Ireland Awards in association with Barclaycard.

TileStyle were selected as the National Store of the Year 2016. The store has been a well known […]

By |November 9th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

FromMe2You Gift Card Launch

FromMe2You Gift Card launch- Press Release

Launching the new FromMe2You gift card by Retail Excellence Ireland is TV3 presenter and mum Anna Daly. “The amazing range of leading Irish stores means the gift card works for everyone, and offers amazing flexibility and choice”, say’s Anna Daly.

FromMe2You is welcomed in Ireland’s favourite stores, right across the […]

By |November 4th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Topaz/Goal Syria Appeal – Air shipment of essential aid to Syria

Goal and Topaz have thanked the thousands of people from all over the country who donated over two tonnes of essential items to the charity’s Syrian Appeal. The items which were flown out on a Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul recently included bedding,  waterproof boots and clothes. Topaz, which was partnered in the initiative […]

By |November 2nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

PREPARING FOR BLACK FRIDAY

Preparing for Black Friday 27.11.2015

By |October 27th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

REI IMPACT OF NMW INCREASE ON RETAIL INDUSTRY

REI Impact of NMW Increase on Retail Industry

By |October 27th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

REI Q3 2015 Retail Productivity Review

REI Q3 2015 Retail Productivity Review

The Q3 REI Retail Productivity Review Headlines:

– Overall a good quarter with a 5.43% rise against Q3 2014. Best quarterly performance since Q2 2007.

– 13.15% like for like increase in Hot Beverage indicating that whilst we have become a nation of coffee and tea lovers the figures demonstrate that […]

By |October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Lift-Off for daa and Goal Syrian Appeal Aid

Lift-Off for daa and Goal Syrian Appeal Aid

By |October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

ERP-Europe’s Transition to a Circular Economy

ERP-Europe’s Transition to a Circular Economy

By |October 13th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

REI Top30 Stores 2016

REI Top30 Stores 2016 

Retail Excellence Ireland has today (04.09.2015) announced the finalist companies for the 2015 Retail Excellence Ireland Awards in association with Barclaycard. The awards will take place in the Radisson Blu in Galway on the 7th of November. The finalists were selected following a rigorous examination process involving Mystery Shopping and a […]

By |September 4th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

REI PEOPLE OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2016

Top5 Finalists – REI People Awards

Our congratulations to the successful Top5 Managers and Top5 Rising Stars who will now go forward to meet with the judging panel later in September. The National Manager of the Year and the National Rising Star of the Year will all be announced at the Retail Excellence Ireland Awards […]

By |September 4th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

WEEE regime reaches its 10th anniversary

August 2015 marks a significant milestone as the WEEE regime reaches its 10th anniversary in Ireland. Since 2005, over 300,000 tonnes of WEEE has been collected across the country which is the equivalent of 187kg per household.

Whilst significant achievements have been made there are challenging targets ahead. A collection target of 45% of electronic […]

By |August 19th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

REI Reaction Following Mothercare Announcement

REI Reaction Following Mothercare Announcement

Following applications for examiner ship protection by Best Menswear yesterday and Mothercare today Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) has said that legacy upward only rents remain a significant issue for many Irish retailers. Commenting on the news REI CEO David Fitzsimons said “it is a fact that many landlords are seeking […]

By |July 22nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Pre Budget Submission 2016: Government Needs to Reduce Employment Costs for Domestic Economy Businesses

Low Pay Commission Decision must not result in Cost Increases for Employers

Retail Excellence Ireland has today (Monday 06/07/2015) said that more needs to be done to reduce employment costs and enhance demand if businesses focussed on the domestic economy are to significantly grow employment.

Speaking today, REI Chief Executive David Fitzsimons said, “Retail employment growth […]

By |July 7th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

CSO Retail Sales Numbers: Value still lagging behind Volume on an Annualised Basis

Retail Excellence Ireland has today (29/06/2015) said that the latest retail sales data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) for the period 03/05/15 to 30/05/15, demonstrate that the retail industry is still aggressively discounting to attract footfall and secure sales.

Speaking this afternoon, REI Chief Executive David Fitzsimons said, “while today’s retail sales data are […]

By |June 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

REI calls for Vendors, Liquidators and Buyers of Clerys to honour responsibilities to Concession Store Operators

Payments for trading over past 4-6 weeks were due to concession operators today

Speaking this afternoon (Monday 15/06/15), David Fitzsimons REI Chief Executive said that “the vendors and buyers of Clerys must recognise their corporate and reputational responsibilities to concession holders and staff affected by honouring payments that are due.”
“We understand that the […]

By |June 15th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Micksgarage.com Wins Gold at European eCommerce Awards in Barcelona

Ireland wins Gold at European eCommerce Awards

MicksGarage.com, Ireland’s largest online retailer of car parts and accessories, has won the Gold Award in the Entrepreneurial category at the European eCommerce Awards which took place in Barcelona last night.

According to the organisers, the Entrepreneurial Award, which had 11 competing countries, recognises ‘the e-commerce actors who have […]

By |June 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

REI PR: CSO Retail Sales Numbers: Discounting Shows Consumers Have Never Had It So Good

CSO Retail Sales Numbers: Discounting Shows Consumers Have Never Had It So Good

Retail Excellence Ireland has today (28/05/2015) said that the latest retail sales data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) for the period 05/04/15 to 02/05/15, show consumers are securing great value because of aggressive Retailer discounting. The year on year increase in […]

By |May 28th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

GroMór Irish Independent Supplement

Irish Independent Supplement

 

For more information on the GroMór campaign visit www.gromor.ie.

By |May 18th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Retailers ‘positive’ as they gather to talk shop

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More than 500 retailers from across the country gathered on Tuesday and Wednesday in the plush surroundings of the Carton House Hotel in Kildare for the annual jamboree of lobby group Retail Excellence Ireland.

The mood among those present was described as “positive but wary” in relation to the future of the economy.

David […]

By |May 15th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

The REI 2015 Shopping Centre Review

REI Shopping Centre Review 2015

By |May 6th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

REI PR: CSO Retail Sales Numbers: Retail Environment Remains Challenging

CSO Retail Sales Numbers: Retail Environment Remains Challenging

Retail Excellence Ireland has today (28/04/2015) said that the latest retail sales data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) for the period 01/03/15 to 04/04/15, again show that Ireland’s retail business environment remains challenging.

Speaking this morning, REI Deputy Chief Executive Seán Murphy said, “Today’s retail sales data […]

By |April 28th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

GroMór Irish Independent Supplement

Irish Independent Supplement

 

For more information on the GroMór campaign visit www.gromor.ie.

By |April 22nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

REI PR: Q1 2015 Retail Sales: Positive Start that Softened as the Quarter Progressed

Q1 2015 Retail Sales: Positive Start that Softened as the Quarter Progressed
REI publish Q1 2015 Retail Productivity Review
Retail Excellence Ireland has this morning (Tuesday 21/04/2015) released its Irish Retail Industry Sales Review for the first quarter from January 1st to March 31st 2015. The data, which has been collected from member provided responses along […]

By |April 21st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

The 2015 REI Retail Park Review

The REI Retail Park Review 2015

By |April 20th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Professional Dissertation Jotting The help an efficient Specialty Authoring Service

Professional Dissertation Jotting The help an efficient Specialty Authoring Service Constructing campaigns have not attempted have been an effortless issue for university plus for university students. Different aspects of articles, petition and also of opportunities actually are a crucial part of artistry, however, it demands the high school student to produce almost every effort after […]

By |April 16th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Irish garden centre campaign launches

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A Retail Excellence Ireland campaign supported by Bord Bia is promoting garden centres and growing your own.

GroMór is a new movement to get Ireland growing. An initiative of garden centres and nursery growers, GroMór is a nationwide campaign to promote growing to all ages, especially targeting younger families and first-time buyers.

GroMór aims […]

By |April 13th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

REI PR: CSO Retail Sales Numbers: Retail Remains Flat

CSO Retail Sales Numbers: Retail Remains Flat

Retail Excellence Ireland has today (27/03/2015) said that the latest retail sales data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) for the period 25.01.2015 to 28.02.2015, show that talk of a broad-based recovery in retail is premature noting the only marginal increase in sales by value on an annualised basis.

Speaking this morning, REI […]

By |March 27th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

H&M beats forecasts as net income rises to €385m

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H&M, Europe’s number two clothing retailer, reported first-quarter profit that beat analysts’ estimates as the company cut back on discounting without harming sales or market share.

Net income rose 36pc to 3.61bn kronor (€385m) in the three months ended February 28, the Stockholm-based company said in a statement yesterday.

The average of 16 analyst […]

By |March 25th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

New policy aims to grow tourist numbers to 10 million

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A new Government tourism policy aims to boost the number of overseas holidaymakers coming here to 10 million a-year by 2025 from 7.6 million last year.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, launched the new policy at Kilkenny Castle on Monday.

Its headline goals include increasing the […]

By |March 24th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Words of caution about retail sales figures

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REI deputy chief says some people are mistaking improvements within M50 as evidence of broad-based stabilisation

Retail Excellence Ireland said aggressive price discounting by retailers drove growth in sales volumes in January.

Headline retail sales figures for January received a positive welcome when they were released last month, with several commentators interpreting the 3.3 […]

By |March 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Carraig Donn announces 30 new jobs for Westport

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Irish owned retail chain and knitwear manufacturer, Carraig Donn, has announced the creation of 30 jobs at its knitwear manufacturing plant in Westport.

Recruitment for machinists, warehousing staff and knitters as well as a number of management roles will begin immediately, the intention being to bring the jobs on stream later this month.

The […]

By |March 13th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Loop Dreams: Dublin Airport opens new €8 million retail area

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A new, 18,300-square-foot retail area at Terminal 1 will offer “a radically improved shopping experience”, Dublin Airport says.

The Loop’s new 18,300-square-foot retail area opens this week after 18 months of development and construction in the airside retail area of T1.

The development includes a mix of new and rebooted stores such as Candy […]

By |March 13th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Google enters bricks-and-mortar retail space through Dixons Carphone tie-up

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Google is entering the bricks-and-mortar retail space with a ‘shop in shop’ concept that it is launching in partnership with Dixons Carphone.

The tech firm has opened the first ‘Google shop’ in Currys PC World on Tottenham Court Road and is using the space to drive sales of its growing hardware range.

Google UK […]

By |March 12th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

REI and NIIRTA Launch Report on Building the Retail Industry: North and South

Tourist shopping market could be €800m/₤580m to retailers North & South annually

Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) and the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) with Minister Seán Sherlock have today (04/03/2015) launched a first-ever report on building retail in Ireland, North and South.  The report is based on a detailed analysis of 500+ responses from […]

By |March 4th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Tourist shopping sprees worth €800m to retail sector on both sides of border

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Shopping sprees by tourists are potentially worth €800m to the struggling retail sector both north and south of the border.

This was one of the main findings of the first ever report on building retail in Ireland on both sides of the border.

The report, by Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) and the Northern Ireland […]

By |March 4th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Mothercare’s Irish arm returns to profit

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The Irish arm of Mothercare last year returned to an operating profit despite falling revenues.
New figures show Mothercare (Ireland) Ltd and subsidiaries recorded an operating profit of €79,421 that followed an operating loss of €586,016 in 2013.
Revenues at the group declined by 3.5pc from €36.89m to €35.62m in the 12 months to […]

By |March 2nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

CSO Retail Sales Numbers: Discounting Still the Major Trend

CSO Retail Sales Numbers: Discounting Still the Major Trend

Retail Excellence Ireland has today (27/02/2015) said that the latest retail sales data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) for the period 28th December 2014 to 23rd January 2015, underline the fact that price discounting is driving sales volumes.

Speaking this morning, REI Deputy Chief Executive […]

By |February 27th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Carphone Warehouse turns €10m loss into €2.1m profit

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Carphone Warehouse Ireland is back in the black after posting pre-tax profits of €2.1 million for 2014.

This is a six-fold increase from the communications retailer’s 2013 loss of €9.6 million.

The retailer reported a 13.3 per cent increase in revenues for 2014.

Carphone Warehouse Ireland managing director Peter Scott said the retailer’s performance represented […]

By |February 26th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

450 new jobs in €26m shopping centre expansion

Original article here

And experts say the €26m investment project, seen as a major vote of confidence in the country’s retail trade, is as a result of a “significant upturn” in consumer sentiment.

The project – which will include a new Penneys store, six new restaurants and a major upgrade of the existing cinema – is […]

By |February 24th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Topaz reports rise in operating profit, invests €20m in network

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Denis O’Brien’s Topaz, which confirmed plans to take over rival Esso Ireland late last year, has announced operating profits of €13.9 million for the 12 months ending March 2014, up 9 per cent compared to the previous year.

Ireland’s largest fuel retailer, which published its 2014 fiscal results on Wednesday, also said it […]

By |February 18th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Ireland’s night-time ‘excellence’ lauded as ten towns win Purple Flags

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Purple Flags are awarded to towns and cities judged to meet certain criteria for vibrant and safe evening and night time economies.

Existing flag holders include Dublin’s Creative Quarter and Dame District; Ennis, Co. Clare; Bray, Co. Wicklow; Killarney, Co. Kerry and Ballina, Co. Mayo.

The new awardees received their accreditations at the first […]

By |February 17th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Nolan’s butcher shop nominated in the UK’s ‘Rural Oscars’

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Nolan’s butcher shop in Kilcullen, Co Kildare has been nominated for the “Champion of Champions Award” in the Countryside Alliance awards which will be held in the House of Lords in London on Wednesday.

The awards, which the organisers describe as the “rural Oscars”, honour local food businesses, rural enterprises and village shops.

To […]

By |February 11th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Arboretum owners to open second outlet, bringing brand closer to Dublin market

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The family behind the award-winning ‘Arboretum’ home and garden centre in Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow, has agreed a deal in principle to set up a second outlet.

The new outlet will be based at the National Garden Exhibition Centre in Kilquade, Co Wicklow.

Arboretum will take over the exhibition centre as part of the deal, […]

By |February 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Vodafone grows fixed customer base by 9% to 275,000

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Vodafone Ireland added 8,000 fixed customers during the quarter ended December 31st 2014, bringing the total number of fixed customers to 275,500.

This represents a 3.1 per cent increase in Vodafone’s fixed customer base in the last quarter and a 9 per cent increase year-on-year.

In an interim management statement, the communications group said […]

By |February 5th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Eddie Rockets set to take off on Continent

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Fast food diner chain Eddie Rockets is spreading to mainland Europe.

The restaurant group is eyeing up expansion opportunities in the Spanish and German markets this year.

It is hoping to extend into the international market with the hope of creating 100 new restaurants in Ireland and across Europe by 2018.

According to founder Niall […]

By |February 2nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Friday Interview: Peter Scott, managing director of Carphone Warehouse Ireland

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Peter Scott likes a challenge. The managing director of Carphone Warehouse Ireland could have spent his entire career at Marks & Spencer, such was his joy at working as a food manager for the British grocer. But that would have been too easy.

His desire for career progression led him to a job […]

By |January 30th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

We shopped more last year – but only if the price was right

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The yearly increase comes after six years of falling or stagnant sales, though even with this rise, purchases are still a little below where they were a decade ago.

And although consumers are finally buying more, they’re only doing so if the price is right, as the value of purchases is up by […]

By |January 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

CSO Retail Sales Data: Pre-Christmas Sales Levels Driven by Discounting

Retail Excellence Ireland has today (28/01/2015) said that the latest retail sales data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) accord with REI’s own Christmas Sales data indicating that while activity and spending levels were up, the numbers were not as strong as had been hoped for.

Speaking this morning, REI Deputy Chief Executive Seán Murphy […]

By |January 28th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Lloyds Pharmacy plans further growth after good year

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The Republic’s biggest pharmacy chain plans further expansion this year following strong Christmas sales.

Lloyds Pharmacy said that sales during the 2014 Christmas shopping season increased 18 per cent over the same period the previous year, while turnover was up 6.2 per cent during the promotional period from September to December.

The chain added […]

By |January 27th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

REI’s Top Tips for Getting Your Brand Noticed Online

It can be challenging for SME’s to get their brand noticed online and thereby attract consumers. Outsourcing to agencies may be too expensive. However by becoming proficient with a number of relatively simple strategies, you can increase traffic and, in turn, raise your store’s conversion rates… and ultimately sales.

Our top tips for getting your […]

By |January 26th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Q4 2014 Recorded Largest Quarterly Gain in Irish Retail Industry Since 2007

Q4 2014 Recorded Largest Quarterly Gain in Irish Retail Industry Since 2007

REI publish Q4 2014 Retail Productivity Review

Retail Excellence Ireland has this morning (Friday 23/01/2015) released its Irish Retail Industry Sales Review for the fourth quarter from October 1st to December 31st 2014. The data, which has been collected with inputs from GfK Retail […]

By |January 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Jewellery shines as retailers record strong last quarter

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Sales were up 4.22pc year-on-year in the last three months of the year, the strongest growth since the second quarter in 2007, Retail Excellence Ireland said.

Jewellery was the star performer, with like-for-like quarterly gains of 14.91pc. But the pharmacy area remained under pressure. The fashion sector performed strongly, with menswear being the […]

By |January 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Dixons Carphone raises profit guidance after strong Christmas

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Dixons Carphone, the electrical goods and mobile phone retailer, raised its guidance for 2014-15 profit after a strong Christmas, it said on Wednesday.

The firm said it now expected a pretax profit of £355-375 million (€465-€491 million) versus previous guidance of £354 million.

The group, formed by last year’s merger between Dixons Retail and […]

By |January 21st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Christmas cheer for retailers after sales bounce

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Irish supermarkets had their best Christmas since 2010 as shoppers loosened their grip on their purse strings over the festive season for the first time since the height of the economic collapse.

The latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel covering the 12 weeks up to the beginning of January show that sales […]

By |January 20th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Dublin voted fifth best shopping city in world

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DUBLIN’S retail sector has been given a massive boost, after the Irish capital was ranked one of the world’s best shopping cities.

Readers of Conde Nast Traveller have voted Dublin in fifth place in a new poll of the planet’s top 24 shopping destinations

Bustling Barcelona tops the rankings, with Philadelphia, Hong Kong and […]

By |January 19th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Strong collections help H&M beat forecasts for ninth straight month

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Hennes & Mauritz, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer, saw higher sales growth than expected in December, helped by strong collections and colder weather after an unusually mild autumn in Europe.

European fashion retailers, most recently Britain’s Marks & Spencer and Debenhams, complained of weak demand for high-margin winter clothing at the start of […]

By |January 16th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

North American B2C e-commerce market expected to reach $494.0 billion in 2014

A report from e-Commerce Europe, the European e-commerce umbrella group of which Retail Excellence Ireland is an affiliate.
With a total B2C e-commerce turnover of $452.4bn in 2013, North America is the third-strongest e-commerce region in the world, behind Asia-Pacific ($567.3bn) and Europe ($482.3bn). In comparison to 2012, the North American B2C e-commerce turnover grew […]

By |January 15th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

The economics of shopping locally and how it might save small towns – street by street

Original Article by David McWilliams in Irish Independent Here

Napoleon dismissed the English as a “nation of shopkeepers”. By this he meant that the English were an inconsequential nation of money- grabbing mediocrities who were only interested in, to paraphrase WB Yeats’s expression, “fumbling in a greasy till, And add the halfpence to the pence”.

This […]

By |December 31st, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Record sales on way to make up for frugal Christmas spend

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Consumers can expect the best winter sales on record as a frugal mood among Christmas shoppers means that stores will now be forced into heavy discounts to shift stock.

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Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) says that although all the signs had pointed to a vibrant festive trading period, spending so far has been barely […]

By |December 24th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Last-minute shopping is inevitable, but will it be make-or-break for retailers?

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While most of the business world is winding down at this stage, it is make-or-break time for retailers who will be hoping for hoards through the doors during the last three shopping days before the holidays. Will their Christmas wish be granted though?

Seán Murphy of Retail Excellence Ireland says it depends on […]

By |December 22nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Retailers say Christmas rush generated sales of €400m

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Irish retailers enjoyed a pre-Christmas windfall over the weekend with overall sales said to have approached some €400 million.

The advent of “Panic Saturday”, as some commentators dubbed it, saw shoppers throng high streets and department stores as the final run in to Christmas began, and researchers expect the bumper sales figures to […]

By |December 22nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Retailers optimistic of big push heading into Christmas

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Retailers are expecting strong sales in the final run-up to Christmas with the big day falling a day later in the week than last year.

The outlook for sellers is positive as confidence improves, employment grows and consumers start to have a little more money to spend, Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) said in […]

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

Households set to spend €1.4k for Christmas

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Despite the water protests and teacher strikes, recession-hit retailers are expecting families to fork out about €1,400 per household this Christmas.

According to the first part of Retail Excellence Ireland’s (REI) Christmas trading update, with things turning on the economic front, sales are improving and tills are ringing as people start to feel […]

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

REI Christmas Trading Update: Outlook positive as shoppers to come out in force

REI Christmas Trading Update: Outlook positive as shoppers to come out in force

Counterfeit Frozen Dolls an issue for Toy Retailers

Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) has published Part One of its Christmas Trading Update for the period to 17th December 2014 noting that the outlook is positive as confidence improves, employment grows and consumers start to […]

By |December 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Musgrave’s Dublin Warehouse Expansion to Create 145 Jobs

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Musgrave, the Cork-headquartered retail and wholesaling group, is investing €8.2 million in an expansion of its Dublin logistics centre it says will create 145 permanent and temporary jobs.

Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland (MRPI), the division of the company that owns the Supervalu and Centra franchises and supplies both store networks, has started work […]

By |December 16th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Crowds hit the shops – but many already bought online

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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.

Small and medium-sized retailers are expecting only a modest sales increase of around 3pc in traditional stores over the festive period after digital sales soared […]

By |December 15th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Stocktaking.ie announces ten new jobs

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Stocktaking.ie, a leading Irish stocktaking company based in Claregalway today announced the creation of 10 new jobs.

Established in 2004, Stocktaking.ie provides a stocktaking service for the hospitality, retail, food and beverage sector and currently serves over 500 premises throughout Ireland.

Today’s job announcement will see the number of full time employees increase to […]

By |December 11th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

‘We hate indifference’: the rise of Tiger Stores

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From their Danish base, Lennart Lajboschitz and his wife, Suz, have sold their vision of design-led, low-cost retail all over the world and reinvented the image of the pound shop

Denmark’s Tiger retail chain has reinvented the image of the pound shop. Gillian Maxwell talks about bringing the retailer to Ireland, their best […]

By |December 9th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Eddie Rocket’s flips €50m annual turn-over

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With 39 restaurants to look after, an annual turnover of €50m and 30 more outlets opening next year, Mr Eddie Rocket’s, Niall Fortune, has never had a sleepless night.

“Was I perturbed by the recession? No. I’d say perturbed is the wrong word. We reacted,” explains the restaurateur, a word he would never […]

By |December 8th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Carphone Warehouse to invest €6 million in new data centre

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Carphone Warehouse will invest €6 million in a new data centre to power its own mobile service.

The mobile phone retail chain will begin operating a mobile service from next July. The new data centre will house the technical infrastructure to operate the new service.

The Dublin-based data centre, which will officially open in […]

By |December 4th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

H&M poised to open Dublin flagship store

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Dublin’s Grafton Street shopping precinct is set to get a major boost from December 18th when fashion giant H&M opens a flagship store with its main entrance on to Andrew Street – opposite the tourist office. The original front door on College Green will also be used.

The Swedish group behind the project […]

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

Irish consumers plan €528m splurge on Christmas fare

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Despite growth in discounters, survey finds people return to traditional outlets for festive shop

More than three in four people said they were planning to spend up to €20 per person on Christmas dinner alone.

Irish consumers plan to ring in the end of austerity with a €528 million splurge on food and drink […]

By |December 2nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Partial Return of Christmas Bonus A Positive for Consumer Confidence

PARTIAL RETURN OF CHRISTMAS BONUS A POSITIVE FOR CONSUMER CONFIDENCE

#SmallBizSaturday 6TH OF DECEMBER TO BENEFIT

Retail Excellence Ireland today (01.12.2014) welcomes the commencement of disbursement of Christmas bonuses to over 1.1 million social welfare recipients this coming week, noting that if this money is spent locally then the multiplier impact of this local spending could […]

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

Black Friday crosses the Atlantic as Irish retailers cash in

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CSO Retail Sales Numbers: October Results Positive

CSO Retail Sales Numbers: October Results Positive
Black Friday and Christmas Sales outlook also positive
Retail Excellence Ireland has today (28/11/2014) said that the latest retail sales data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) are, for the most part, positive.

Speaking this afternoon, REI Deputy Chief Executive Seán Murphy said, “Today’s retail sales data from the CSO […]

By |November 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Retailers hope Black Friday will spark shopping spree

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Shoppers are expected to spend €74m this weekend on online purchases alone, while Christmas fairs and markets countrywide aim to attract hundreds of thousands of consumers out to spend even more.

Dozens of retailers are this weekend offering “Black Friday” discounts and sales promotions aimed at getting the festive spending spree going. Retail […]

By |November 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Shoppers shun web for stores in splurge on Christmas gifts

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Three quarters of consumers here will do most of their Christmas shopping in traditional stores, with just 23pc planning to split their purchases between the high street and online, a Bank of Ireland survey shows.

However, online shopping is clearly on the rise as some 72pc of those who will indulge in it […]

By |November 27th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

REI Response to Irish Times 25.11.2014

REI Response to Irish Times 25.11.2014
Sir,

To suggest that upward only commercial rents are not negatively impacting the Irish economy (Cantillon, 25th November) is fundamentally flawed. Most retailers are struggling to pay Celtic tiger rents. They must pay to stay in business. So what gives? The largest variable cost to hand – jobs. I am […]

By |November 27th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

No vacancies on Grafton Street once more

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Dublin’s Grafton Street is back to full occupancy.

Two vacant premises have been let, further evidence of the recovery in Ireland’s retail sector.

Lifestyle Sports intends to establish its new flagship store in 57 and 58 Grafton Street, a premises measuring almost 14,500 square feet in total. It’s believed the rent will be approximately […]

By |November 26th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Grocery Sales at Highest in Five Months

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Grocery sales increased by 1.1%, year-on-year, during the 12 weeks to November 9. Those figures resulted in an additional €23m being spent by shoppers in the main supermarket retailers.

According to new data, grocery market sales increased at their fastest pace, during the period, since June.

“Grocery market growth has accelerated, with sales up […]

By |November 25th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Love of Retail and Hard Work Pays Off for Businesswoman of the Year

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Chief executive of The Kilkenny Group, Marian O’Gorman, who left school at 16 to work in her father’s shop, was awarded the top accolade by judges.

The businesswoman maintains that retail is in her blood, and that the secret to her success is staying on the floor, not expecting staff to do anything […]

By |November 25th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Winterval festival to provide €14m boost to Waterford in run-up to Christmas

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Waterford’s annual Winterval Festival will provide a major economic boost to the city through a €14 million yield to the local economy and the creation of 550 seasonal jobs in the run-up to Christmas, a new study has found.

The festival, which was launched on Friday night when Santa Claus turned on the […]

By |November 24th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Peacocks to open three more fashion retail stores

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The three outlets will create more than 45 full and part time positions, helping to revitalise both the town centres and the local economy.

These acquisitions mean Peacocks will have five trading stores throughout Ireland following the recent opening of outlets in Letterkenny in Donegal and Castlebar in Galway.

Savills acted on behalf of Peacocks […]

By |November 21st, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Saturday 6th December is Small Business Saturday

SATURDAY 6th DECEMBER IS SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

REI LAUNCH LOCAL BUSINESS INITIATIVE IN IRELAND

 Retail Excellence Ireland has launched Small Business Saturday in Ireland. This is a campaign which profiles small business and encourages consumers to shop locally and support jobs and enterprises in their respective communities. It is a social media and marketing campaign that […]

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

Applegreen reports 12% jump in sales across station network

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The company behind service station operator Applegreen has reported a 12 per cent increase in sales for last year despite “tough trading conditions and tightening fuel margins”.

Publishing its annual results for 2013, Petrogas Global, which operates 92 service stations in Ireland, including eight motorway service areas, said turnover rose to €804.5 million […]

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

Regatta to double Irish workforce through retail expansion

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Regatta Outdoor, the outdoor clothing brand beloved of Irish hillwalkers, plans to double its Irish workforce to more than 100 in coming months.

The chain currently operates a €10 million-a-year wholesaling business and 10 concession outlets based in Shaws department stores, together with a standalone retail outlet in the Crescent shopping centre in Limerick.

It will […]

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