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# Consumers

This year
Government urged to investigate soaring baby formula prices as families struggle
An official UK investigation found manufacturers have hiked prices more than their costs increased – and enjoyed high profit margins.
St Vincent de Paul has noted an increase in callers struggling with infant formula costs.
Families who use it spend hundreds of euro per year on formula, and prices have climbed 18-22% since 2021.
A new probe is underway into Britain's market, which like Ireland's is dominated by Nestlé and Danone.
Last year
Irish consumers paying more than UK shoppers for some products this Christmas
Irish consumers warned annual grocery bills may rise by €1,211
All time
EU experts to discuss Genrui antigen tests after people report hundreds of false positives
Irish shoppers splashed out on clothes and DIY supplies in the lead-up to Christmas
Watchdog orders shop to refund customers who never received PS5 consoles bought last year
Shoppers being warned to protect themselves from rogue traders in lead up to Christmas
Poll: Have you changed energy supplier in 2021?
Customers still waiting for refunds after PS5 consoles were not delivered before Christmas
Explainer: What the Bank of Ireland branch closure means for customers
Businesses warned they must act independently when setting or increasing prices
Almost €600 million spent on contactless payments in May
Prices of clothing, footwear and communications fall for two consecutive months
New Central Bank rules mean moneylenders must place warnings on high interest loans
'Smoke was coming from the door': Customers without washing machines for two months after Whirlpool recall
The average Irish household has spent €2,800 in shops this month
Consumer watchdog issues warning about controversial tech retailer
Gardaí confirm they have launched 'comprehensive' probe into ghost insurance brokers
Consumer sentiment drops to lowest level in almost 6 years as Brexit deadline looms
Thomas Cook refunds to take up to two months, with 35,000 passengers still to fly home
Dunnes Stores retains top spot in Ireland's supermarket wars
Consumers warned about how Brexit could impact online shopping
Dodgy phone chargers and sunglasses among 34,000 products seized before they could be sold
Dunnes Stores retains top spot in Ireland's supermarket wars
The hospitality VAT hike has kicked in and customers might notice a jump in their morning coffee
Retail group predicts Irish households will spend an average of €2,690 this December
Cross-border shopping hits five-year high as ROI consumers spend €64.5m in North
Dunnes Stores regains top spot in Ireland's supermarket wars
Irish consumer confidence falls sharply amid Brexit fears and increase in cost of bills
Lights out for halogen lamps as Europe-wide phasing-out of bulbs begins today
Tesco retains top spot in Ireland's supermarket wars yet again
Poll: Are you spending more on your groceries as a result of the heatwave?
People have spent an extra €27 million on groceries because of the heatwave
The government plans to slap a minimum five-year expiration date on all gift cards
Tesco retakes top spot in Ireland's supermarket wars
Tech retailer to go into liquidation after months of customer complaints
Fuming customers say tech retailer hasn't shipped their phones or issued receipts
Brexit could increase cost of milk, cheese and eggs by 46%
Tesco apologises after dozens of UK customers complain of 'rancid' Christmas turkeys
Your Christmas turkey could be chemical-filled if UK agrees on post-Brexit trade deal