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Stationery outlet Smiggle in Grafton St move

Dublin’s Grafton Street is set for a little more variety with plans by the Australian stationary sensation Smiggle to open a new outlet on the street this summer. It will be the company’s second city-centre store – the other one is in the Ilac Centre – and the fourth in Dublin. Smiggle sells brightly coloured “fashion” stationery that has […]

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Applegreen’s Navan service station to opens today

Applegreen’s new service station in the Navan Retail Park will open today, creating 50 new jobs.  It is Applegreen’s second service station in Navan, with one already located on the Kentstown Road. The new service station is located on the Northern Link Road which connects north Navan to the M3 motorway and caters for over 34,000 cars […]

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UK retail sales slide in December after Black Friday boost

UK retail sales slid 1.5% in December from the previous month after consumers had brought forward their Christmas shopping, official data showed today. Retail sales in the UK had jumped by 1% in November, boosted by Black Friday price reductions, the Office for National Statistics said. Sales though climbed 1.4% in December compared with one […]

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Irish shoppers spent an extra €90m on groceries over the festive period

It is estimated that Irish shoppers spent an extra €90m on groceries over the festive period, according to the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, published today for the 12 weeks ending 31 December 2017. Among the retailers, Dunnes Stores remained the top Irish supermarket. The grocer captured a market share […]

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Retail Sales volume increased by 2.6% in November 2017

The volume of retail sales increased by 2.6% in the month of November, with an annual increase of 6.8%. If Motor Trades are excluded, there was an increase of 1.9% in the volume of retail sales in November 2017 when compared with October 2017 and there was an increase of 7.6% in the annual figure. The […]

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Retail sales up 4.5% in October compared with last year

The volume of retail sales was up 4.5% in October compared with the same period last year, but was flat compared with September, the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show. If motor trades are excluded, there was a decrease of 0.3% in the volume of retail sales in October compared with September, and there was […]

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Makeover of Hibernian Way continues with new Italian restaurant

An Italian-themed restaurant is to open at the redeveloped Royal Hibernian Way just off Grafton Street in Dublin 2. It is Friends First’s most significant letting at the scheme since taking full control of the property and securing planning permission to amalgamate a number of the retail units to restaurants. The new restaurant will be in a 362 […]

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€40m plan to expand shopping centre in Dublin is approved

Planning permission for a €40m redevelopment and extension of the Red Mall at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre has been granted by the local authority. It paves the way for the creation of up to 300 more jobs at the Dublin location, which is the country’s second-largest shopping centre. Blanchardstown Shopping Centre – which is owned by […]

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Retail Sales Volume decreased by 4.2% in August 2017

Seasonally adjusted, the volume of retail sales decreased by 4.2% in the month of August, with an annual increase of 4.7%. If Motor Trades are excluded, there was an increase of 0.2% in the volume of retail sales in August 2017 when compared with July 2017 and there was an increase of 6.7% in the annual […]

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UK firm Card Factory to open six shops in Ireland

UK greeting card specialist Card Factory is to open six shops in Ireland by October and has ambitious plans for another 69 outlets over the next five years. The retailer has secured units at Northside Shopping Centre, Drogheda Town Centre and the Courtyard Shopping Centre in Newbridge along with high-street stores in Ashbourne, Dún Laoghaire and Naas. It is being advised by agent Bannon […]