Retail News Round-Up took an extra Friday off last week, so welcome to this year’s first post, where we take a look at the biggest retail news stories of this week, such as the danger to rural stores due to lack of online presence, M&S’s very unhappy Christmas and bar soap’s unlikely comeback.
RURAL RETAILERS TOLD TO UP THEIR ONLINE GAME
Accountancy firm RSM has warned rural retailers that their future is being threatened by their own reluctance to establish an online presence.
M&S TO REPORT POOR CHRISTMAS SALES
British retailer Marks & Spencer are feeling the effects of the turn towards discounters, with drops in sales of clothing, homeware and grocery in the Christmas period all due to be reported this week.
ALDI REPORTS BEST EVER CHRISTMAS RESULTS
The German discounter reported a 10% year-on-year increase in sales in the week before Christmas, with over 350,000 Irish shoppers through the door during the festive period.
BWG WINS BIG WITH CENTRE PARCS
The group has won an exclusive contract to supply the onsite supermarket at the Longford resort when it opens later this year.
SALES OF BAR SOAP ON THE RISE FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS CENTURY
Environmentally-savvy shoppers are making a return to bar soap in order to reduce their plastic use.