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Consumer Sentiment

Sustained slide in Irish consumer sentiment points to major reassessment of economic and financial conditions. The KBC Irish Consumer Sentiment Index slipped again in May for the fourth consecutive month. The previous four occasions this has happened in the twenty-six-year history of the survey reflected circumstances in which consumers faced marked difficulties in assessing potentially […]

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Retail Parks Prove to be Resilient During Covid

Looking back over the past decade the retail property market has experienced a tumultuous time.  Recession following a boom, followed by a resurgence, then the impact of Brexit, Covid, the move to more on-line shopping, and more recently the war in Ukraine.  Retailers and the retail property market have been the hardest hit during this […]

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Major changes to Leaving Cert will see students sit some exams in fifth year

Major reform of the Leaving Cert is being planned from 2024 onwards which will include spreading project work and exams over fifth and sixth year. The move aims to reduce student stress levels around the traditional written exams and introduce teacher-based assessment for projects and other course components. Minister for Education Norma Foley is keen to proceed […]

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Retail Sales

The CSO (Central Statistics Office Ireland) reported retail sales values for all business increased 4.3% on pre-pandemic levels. Taking a deeper dive this figure includes bars which remain 28.45% below 2019 data. When bars and motor trade are excluded, retail sales values have jumped 11.6% when compared to 2019 and 2020. This positive performance is despite the […]

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The Strength of the Irish Consumer

The strength of the Irish Consumer was further emphasised this week with the CSO reporting a 2.0% annual increase in weekly earnings to €864.51 for Q4 2021. When compared to pre-pandemic levels this increase jumps to 9.9%. The CSO Labour Force Survey also reported a year-on-year increase in the Labour Force (8.9%) along with a […]

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Snap Fitness opens today in Waterford Retail Park

Snap Fitness has opened its doors in Waterford Retail Park today and, similar to all Snap Fitness gyms around the world, the new Waterford gym will open 24/7 around the clock and will have a list of comprehensive cardio and strength-training equipment that are the highest in industry standards. Snap Fitness has a global network […]

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Shop Local this Christmas

  Despite the uncertainty of COVID, it is great to see such optimism across our property management portfolio with over 40 new openings since we emerged from lockdown in May 2021. Shop Local this Christmas!

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Dublin City Council session with Neil Bannon

Our chairman and head of Consultancy Neil Bannon was invited to present to Dublin City Council this morning on how to tackle retail vacancy in Dublin City Centre, really positive session with great sharing of ideas & initiatives.

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Investors follow footfall into retail parks as high street shuts up shop

Covid-19 has flipped the performance of retail assets on their head. The previously-held view was that the prime to tertiary hierarchy was – city high street, major town centre, retail park, grocery retail and local necessity centres. However, in terms of demand and performance from the occupiers on the ground, this traditional hierarchy has now […]

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Neil Bannon on the Future of Dublin Retail

Neil Bannon is a leading expert on retail property in Dublin. In the upcoming December 2021 issue of the Dublin Economic Monitor, Neil provides his thoughts on the future of the Capital’s retail core. In advance of the publication, the below video gives a snapshot of Neil’s views on Dublin’s retail sector and the outlook […]