Ireland news

29 May 2013
Lidl & Schwarz is the world's largest discounter, with a turnover of €66.5bn in 2012 and strong growth of 4.4% forecast for 2013. However Lidl's global growth has been uneven and in some of its more mature markets growth is slowing. Across its markets Lidl has stayed true to its unique combination of quality and value, but it is when these characteristics are combined with the right local tai...
29 May 2013
Tesco has announced PJ Clarke as its new CEO for its business in Ireland, replacing Tony Keohane who will now become the Chairman for Tesco Ireland. New CEO will bring considerable Tesco experience to the role After seven years in the role, Tony Keohane will step aside at the beginning of July for PJ Clarke to take over. PJ Clarke joined Tesco in 1974 and for the first part of his career he...
23 May 2013
In a year where Tesco has had to make some significant business decisions and laid down important building blocks for the future, we examine its Annual Report, as well as its newly renamed 'Tesco and Society' CSR report, pulling out our top findings and what this might mean for the retailer's future direction. A year where the business has got to grips with long-standing issues...
22 May 2013
SPAR International has reported worldwide retail sales up 2.8% in 2012, and revealed its new strategy: "Growing our future together." International expansion has always been a strategic goal SPAR's new strategy builds on its long-term objectives. It sets out the strategic objectives for 2013-2015 under three broad headings: Growing our partners - Developing a multi-format presenc...
24 April 2013
Musgrave Group has reported sales of €4.9 billion for the year ended 31st December 2012, up 10.5%, with profits before tax up 3% to €72 million.  Group performance was underpinned by 13.5% growth in its core Irish market, with sales up to €3.1bn, boosted by a full year's contribution from Superquinn, as well as record sales in both the Supervalu and Centra retail brands. 'Winning in the New Wor...
22 April 2013
Musgrave has introduced a wholly revamped private label range for its Irish convenience and neighbourhood stores under the Centra brand.  Differentiated with simple and bold on-pack designs, presenting a 'Bright New Range', the Centra brand of products now includes 900 lines across key grocery categories. Biggest ever launch by Centra The new Centra range demonstrates Musgrave's commitment ...
03 April 2013
A pick-up in market growth, outperformance from Superquinn and a continuing strong showing by Aldi are key features of the latest market share data from Kantar Worldpanel for Ireland, for the 12 weeks to 17 March 2013.   12 weeks to 18 March 2012 (% share) 12 weeks to 17 March 2013 (% share) Sales growth (Y-o-Y %) Tesco 28.2 27.5 -1.3 Dunnes 22.6 22....
12 March 2013
Musgrave's SuperValu  supermarket network, comprising independently owned stores across Ireland, has recorded total retail sales of €2.1bn for 2012, ahead of the overall rate of market growth. Focus on 'local' SuperValu's key point of difference continues to be the strength of the local affiliations stores are able to develop with their specific communities, supported by Musgrave .  In 201...
06 March 2013
The latest data from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks to 17 February 2013 reveals that Aldi continues to set the pace in the Irish market. 12 weeks to 19 February 2012 (% share) 12 weeks to 17 February 2013 (% share) Sales growth (Y-o-Y %) Tesco 28.1 27.7 -0.5 Dunnes 23.2 24.0 4.1 SuperValu 19.9 19.8 0.1 Superquinn 5.6 ...
26 February 2013
Leading Irish retail distributor Musgrave has set out its 2013 plans for the expansion of its convenience symbol network Centra.  At its annual National Retailer Conference, Centra managing director, Martin Kelleher revealed that 20 new stores will be opened by retailers this year, including a number on greenfield sites. 18 stores added in 2012 Despite the tough economic climate Centra has co...