PRL In-Market Solutions round up a selection of the main stories in and around retail this week
Irish Shoppers Spent Record Amount Over Christmas
Irish shoppers spent an extra €90 million on groceries over the festive period, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel.
Ferrero Announces €590,000 Spring Promotions
Ferrero has announced it is launching a €590,000 spring campaign with seasonally-themed promotions across its range of confectionary products, including Ferrero Rocher, Thorntons and Kinder.
Six In 10 Shoppers Prefer Self-Service Checkouts Over Cashier Checkouts
When it comes to shoppers’ paying preferences for a basket-sized grocery shop, 6 in 10 (60%) prefer to use self-service checkouts over cashier checkouts, down marginally from the 64% recorded in our 2016 research.
An Exciting Future In Store For UK Food-To-Go: Analysis
The UK food-to-go market is set to deliver a number of innovative changes over the next year, a new study by research firm IGD has found.
Asda’s Northern Ireland supermarket share falls as Lidl welcomes growth
ASDA has seen its share of the supermarket sector here drop by 0.7% to 17%, new research has revealed.
Consumer Prices Increased by 0.4% in 2017
Consumer prices rose by an average of 0.4% in 2017, according to an analysis by the Central Statistics Office.
Retail footfall declines in Northern Ireland at fastest rate in five years
Footfall in Northern Ireland is on the decline as new figures show a drop of 3.1% in December compared to 2.4% in November 2017, according to the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium (NIRC).
Visitor Numbers To Irish Whiskey Distilleries Shows 11% Increase
The number of visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries has shown a 11% increase last year, according to new recent figures published by the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA).
Dublin Airport Spar to close as DAA moves in new direction
Dublin Airport is planning on replacing the Spar convenience store in its terminal two arrivals area with an outlet that it believes will better appeal to its international passengers, recently posted tender documents show.
Supermarket planning wars: Aldi and Lidl feel the heat from rivals
As confidence flows back into the economy, competition is hotting up in the €9 billion supermarket sector. It was always intense, especially since Aldi and then Lidl arrived either side of the millennium.
Healthy Eating Still Unaffordable for Many Consumers, Research Shows
While health and wellbeing is likely to be at the forefront of most consumers thoughts at the moment, almost 6 in 10 (59%) adults don’t believe that retailers are doing enough to make healthy food more affordable.
Fears Northern Ireland economy could shrink as report highlights patchy growth
The Northern Ireland economy continues to show some growth in the last few months of the year, according to a new survey. However, there are concerns it will shrink as the year progresses.
Texaco Incorporates Three Belfast Service Stations
Texaco has added three forecourts to its Northern Irish portfolio, with all of the sites located in Belfast.
Ireland’s chocolate confectionery market was worth an estimated €621m in 2015. After the inevitable post-Christmas slowdown, the Easter season provides an excellent sales opportunity in confectionery across the board.