Ireland news

05 April 2018
These two initiatives from the discounter showcase products from local suppliers. Lidl extends Irish "Kick Start" supplier initiative in 2018 Lidl seeks to find up to 80 new products from Irish suppliers as it relaunches the "Kick Start" supplier development programme. Applications close in mid-April:  read more here . The programme was introduced last year in Ireland in collaboration...
15 February 2018
As Centra unveils plans to add 30 new stores, we take a closer look at its plans for growth, how it differentiates itself and what’s next. 30 new stores and 100 revamps The format has gone through significant recent evolution, following a relaunch of the brand in 2016, culminating in store developments such as Wellington Quay and Parnell Street, in Dublin, the winner of our innovative store...
08 February 2018
We’ve recently spent some time exploring the latest concepts and innovations in Ireland’s capital. Here are some of our key takeaways: 1. New levels of fusion of retail and food-to-go Dublin has established a great reputation as a market in which retailers have developed compelling and inspirational food-to-go offers, and  development continues apace. Even in the past six months, signific...
18 January 2018
Discounter Poundland shares plans to extend its Pep&Co clothing concession to more than 150 new locations. Roll-out follows Christmas success Pep&Co MD Adrian Mountford reported that over Christmas Pep&Co sold 1m more units than during the whole first year of trading in standalone Pep&Co stores. This success echoes Poundland's strong trading performance over Christmas.   Doubling the num...
11 January 2018
Tesco has reported encouraging Q3 and Christmas trading figures, particularly in the UK, as customers responded to a much improved fresh food offer. Christmas trading was however impacted by challenges in the tobacco category caused by the collapse of wholesaler P&H. Headline LFL results   Q3: 13 weeks to 25 Nov Christmas: 6 weeks to 6 Jan ...
04 January 2018
The discounter reports a record Christmas performance, as well as securing funding independent of parent company Steinhoff, as investigations continue into accounting irregularities. Best-ever Christmas performance Poundland reported sales up 5.6% in the 12 weeks to Christmas Eve, including robust like-for-like sales up 6% in the three weeks before Christmas. These results are Poundland's b...
14 December 2017
We’ve been hugely excited about the innovation and expansion that we’ve seen in food-to-go in the past year. Here we update our outlook for 2018, and share some of the trends and opportunities that will ensure we keep close to developments in this fast growing market. Health & wellness underpinning innovation Many of the concepts globally that we see in growth are ones that are underpinned ...
07 December 2017
Last week, Superdrug opened its fourth store in Dublin and seventh store in Ireland. The company is now looking for further locations to expand next year. 'Ireland is incredibly important' Superdrug's new store is located in the Swords Pavilions shopping centre in Dublin. The 3,400 sq ft outlet will not be the last store to open in Ireland this year, with another store expected to open in A...
07 December 2017
As Starbucks opens its second Roastery in Shanghai, we take a closer look at the concept itself, Starbucks' strategic evolution and its future opportunities for growth. Starbucks Roastery: aiming to take its coffee to new heights The first Starbucks Roastery is located in Seattle, and we saw the concept in action in August. It's fair to say the Seattle version was very much a homage to both...
16 November 2017
We round up the latest news from SPAR International, bringing together news from leading markets in Africa, Asia and Europe. SPAR South Africa reports annual results SPAR has reported its final year results for operations in South Africa, Ireland and Switzerland. South Africa revenue +4.6%, Tops alcohol driving sales SPAR full year revenue in South Africa increased +4.6% to ZAR56 bn (...