Ireland news

22 December 2016
Irish wholesale retailer Musgrave, the company behind SuperValu and Centra, has struck a deal with the Alibaba Group to export products direct to consumers in China. Flagship SuperValu virtual storefront on Tmall Global Musgrave will open a flagship SuperValu e-commerce storefront on Tmall Global, making it the first Irish retailer with a presence there (UK retailers Sainsbury's and Waitr...
08 December 2016
Aldi's UK & Ireland estate is set to grow with new plans to invest in Ireland. This news comes as Aldi UK announces its corporate buying MD will retire next year. Ireland: 20 stores over next three years Aldi plans to open 20 new stores in Ireland over the next three years, taking its store count to c.150, however the discounter has its sights set on another 50+ stores. The discounter w...
23 November 2016
As the retailer reports on its second quarter performance, we review how the global roll-out of the Circle K brand is also helping to lift sales. Global programs underpin growth Couche-Tard delivered a solid performance in the quarter as it continues to benefit from its aggressive acquisition strategy, the global roll-out of the new Circle K brand and other global programs. Merchandise and ...
08 November 2016
M&S has announced a major shift in strategy that will see the retailer refocus on growing its food business faster, reduce its estate of clothing and home stores and close loss making operations in international markets. The changes follow the conclusion of a strategic review announced by new chief executive Steve Rowe in May. Sharp fall in half year profits M&S experienced a sharp fall in ...
31 October 2016
The latest data from IntertradeIreland, monitoring car park occupancy at shopping centres in Northern Ireland, has shown that in Q3 2016 the presence of Republic-registered cars was at its highest since Q4 2009, when cross-border shopping peaked in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.  With nearly 57% of all cars recorded in the quarterly survey coming from the Republic, this shows a significan...
13 October 2016
Following the resignation of long-term UK managing director Michael O'Loughlin, it has been announced that John Diviney will replace him as head of the Applegreen forecourts business within the market.  Latterly head of 'food systems' and  trading within the wider, Ireland-based, Applegreen business, John Diviney will continue to drive the expansion of the UK operation both through site acquisiti...
13 October 2016
WH Smith's financial results for the year ending 31 August 2016 show a positive overall performance, driven by the retailer's travel business. Total group sales up 3% Total sales at WH Smith rose 3% year-on-year to £1.212bn, with like-for-like sales for the group up 1%. The retailer's travel business has driven this performance, with total sales up 10% and like-for-like sales up 4%. By cont...
10 October 2016
Martin Bailie is leaving Lidl UK before the end of the year having been offered a job opportunity outside the discounter. Steps down after 14 years Martin Bailie has been with the discounter for 14 years, joining as a graduate in 2002. In his time with Lidl UK, he progressed from area manager to regional director, before moving to Lidl Ireland to take over the role of chief operating of...
09 September 2016
Ronny Gottschlich has stepped down from his role as managing director of Lidl UK with immediate effect and is replaced by Lidl Austria's Christian H ärtnagel. Ronny Gottschlich leaves Lidl after 16 years Gottschlich joined Lidl in 2000 as a sales manager in the German city of Unna. Since then, he worked his way up the ladder to regional manager at Lidl UK, followed by a year as operatio...
08 September 2016
Lidl is going to increase the competition in the value fashion retail market, while engaging with young shoppers via an augmented app. Pop-up fashion store Lidl in Germany has opened its first pop-up fashion store at a premium high street in Hamburg surrounded by designer shops like Louis Vuitton, Jil Sander, Prada and Gucci. For the period of 10 days Lidl will be offering its new fashion...