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# consumers - Tuesday 29 October, 2013

Retail industry "still experiencing difficulties"

New CSO figures show that people spent less money in supermarkets and petrol stations last month.

People spent less on groceries in run-up to Budget announcement

Tesco has seen a decline the amount of money people are spending there, while Aldi and Lidl are going strong.

# consumers - Sunday 27 October, 2013

The 10 simplest brands in the world...

…And why that simplicity is one factor in their success.

# consumers - Thursday 24 October, 2013

Own-brand products 'allow retailers to bully their suppliers'

An Oireachtas committee has expressed “serious concerns” about the increasing use of own-brand products by supermarkets and retailers.

# consumers - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

Call for below-cost selling of milk and bread to be banned

An Oireachtas Committee has also called for a code of conduct in the groceries sector that would be enforced by a supermarket ombudsman.

# consumers - Saturday 12 October, 2013

Budget 2014: What could be this year's Wine Tax Factor?

Yes, the distracting levies that put the WTF in the Budget announcement.

# consumers - Friday 11 October, 2013

Poll: Do you haggle to get a better price on purchases? Sponsored By Rabodirect This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you haggle to get a better price on purchases?

With Christmas rapidly approaching, we’re all concerned about the impact on our wallets. What do you think about haggling?

# consumers - Tuesday 1 October, 2013

Gas and electricity prices increase from today

Gas customers of Bord Gáis, ESB Electric Ireland and Airtricity will see higher prices in their next bill.

# consumers - Monday 30 September, 2013

France to look at laws curbing Sunday shopping

Under French law, Sunday is a mandatory day off – but critics say it’s putting the nation at a competitive disadvantage.

# consumers - Tuesday 24 September, 2013

Advertisers can now use mobile phone signals to track shoppers

By tracking the movement of individual shoppers, advertisements can take advantage of location-based ad campaigns.

# consumers - Saturday 21 September, 2013

Store figures out how to stop people 'borrowing' clothes for event and returning them later

Bloomingdale’s in New York has come up with a new tag that is so visible, you can’t possibly wear the clothes out until you remove it.

# consumers - Thursday 19 September, 2013

Turns out there are savings of up to €362 to be had in the home insurance market

Huge differences have been found in quotes offered by insurance companies, in a survey carried out by the National Consumer Agency.

# consumers - Wednesday 4 September, 2013

Switching providers can save money - so why don't more do it?

People who switch providers can save an average of €15- €20 a month, said the National Consumer Agency.

# consumers - Tuesday 3 September, 2013

First Bord Gáis, now Electric Ireland: Gas prices to rise by 35 cent per week

Electric Ireland is to increase the price for residential gas by 2 per cent from the start of October.

New owners promise to honour old HMV gift vouchers

HMV on Henry Street will reopen this week with a performance from The Strypes.

# consumers - Monday 2 September, 2013

Here’s What Happened Today: Monday

Everyone’s talking about Pat Kenny versus Sean O’Rourke and the funeral of Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney.

Bord Gáis prices set to rise - again - next month

Prices are set to rise by 2 per cent – although Bord Gáis had originally asked for an increase of more than 7 per cent…

# consumers - Monday 26 August, 2013

Revealed: The 10 biggest selling brands in the Irish grocery market

The best-selling brand has topped the list for 9 years in a row…

# consumers - Sunday 18 August, 2013

The plastic bag levy has raised over €200 million since 2002

Figures from the Department of the Environment show a fall in plastic bag usage and therefore the amount of tax taken in recent years.

# consumers - Wednesday 14 August, 2013

Consumer confidence is up, but disposable income is down, says report

Credit card debt is in decline, property transactions on the increase but new car sales continue to struggle.

# consumers - Wednesday 7 August, 2013

Consumer Association calls for EU legislation on mobile costs

Figures from the EU commission show that Irish consumers pay five times more than the cheapest EU rates in Lithuania.

# consumers - Monday 29 July, 2013

People buying fewer frozen burgers after horse meat scandal

The Food Safety Authority said that people are spending more time reading labels after the scandal.

# consumers - Friday 19 July, 2013

Imported frozen berries linked to Hepatitis A outbreak

The Food Safety Authority issues warning as Ireland and Italy both hit by same strain of virus.

# consumers - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

Everything's looking rosy... if you live in Germany

New poll there finds consumers confident about pay levels and the health of their economy.

# consumers - Friday 21 June, 2013

Column: It's summer sales time – consumers, know your rights

Summer sales season is upon us again and bargains beckon – but consumers should be aware their rights and be careful not to impulse buy, writes Fergal O’Leary of the National Consumer Agency.

# consumers - Thursday 13 June, 2013

Under 50s stop saving as they struggle to pay off mortgages

It is thought that the deadline for property tax registration may have triggered this.

# consumers - Tuesday 28 May, 2013

"Worrying figures" show we spent less on clothing, books and furniture in April

Retail Ireland has said government must give consumers “hope and a reason to start spending”.

# consumers - Friday 10 May, 2013

Consumers 'weathering the storm' as experts predict recession is bottoming out

However a report shows 60 per cent of adults still believe their income will be lower this time next year.

# consumers - Friday 26 April, 2013

Consumers and firms ordered to pay over €44m to creditors last month

Vision-net figures show that banks accounted for over half the value of all court judgments awarded against consumers last month.

# consumers - Tuesday 23 April, 2013

Contactless payments to cut the time you spend in a queue

With 6,000 of the terminals now in Ireland, the 11.2 minutes that people spend queuing on a daily basis looks set to drop.

# consumers - Friday 19 April, 2013

Consumers shopping more often to hunt for bargains

Retailers say customers are buying less branded products and are shopping around more.

# consumers - Tuesday 2 April, 2013

Apple apologises to Chinese consumers after 'double standards' criticism

State media in China has criticised the company over customer service and returns policies.

# consumers - Saturday 2 March, 2013

10 things you're better off buying used

Some tips to get you upcycling, reusing and getting more for your money: and we’d like your suggestions too…

# consumers - Wednesday 27 February, 2013

Money advice: National Consumer Agency’s top five tips MONEY ADVICE This post contains a poll

Money advice: National Consumer Agency’s top five tips

The NCA’s online tools were used over 400,000 times in the last year which they believe shows a strong appetite among consumers for money managing information.

# consumers - Wednesday 13 February, 2013

54 per cent of people still believe now is a bad time to save

The Nationwise/ESRI Saving Index revealed most people are still using any spare funds they have to pay down debt.

# consumers - Monday 11 February, 2013

Food and drink prices down over 6 per cent since 2008 - Retail Ireland

Retail Ireland made the comments following the publication of a Consumers’ Association of Ireland (CAI) report on Irish food prices – which indicated the typical cost of a basket of groceries had risen 12 per cent in the past two years.

Consumer sentiment increases sharply in January

A significant drop in December took economists by surprise but confidence levels now appear to have stabilised.

Consumer spending power to stabilise this year, improve in 2014

Working households with mortgages will see the greatest growth in spending power while unemployed households will fare worst.

# consumers - Thursday 31 January, 2013

Complaints to Financial Services Ombudsman up 12% last year

Figure show that 40 per cent of all banking complaints related to mortgages.

# consumers - Monday 28 January, 2013

Life insurance prices can vary by up to €7,500 - study

The National Consumer Agency found that smokers pay on average 90 per cent more for their life insurance.