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#Consumers

# consumers - Saturday 26 January, 2013

First numbers on Google's bid to take on Amazon's shopping business

The new “product listing ads” appeared to have taken off at the end of the final quarter of 2012.

# consumers - Friday 25 January, 2013

Retail sales up in last three months of 2012

Hot beverages and home and giftware sectors saw noticeable increases while furniture and flooring suffered losses.

# consumers - Thursday 24 January, 2013

Chart: Ice-cream consumption per capita around the world

Irish people eat more of it than Italians… (because we have the warmer climate, right?)

# consumers - Friday 18 January, 2013

One4all reports 14 per cent increase in turnover in 2012

The Irish company behind the gift card brand said sales increased across all distribution channels last year.

# consumers - Friday 11 January, 2013

Sharp fall in consumer sentiment due to Budget worries

December’s index saw the largest one month point decline in seventeen years.

# consumers - Tuesday 8 January, 2013

Annual savings up 10 per cent on last year

Research from EBS shows that people aged 16-24 are now more confident about their economic well being than this time last year.

# consumers - Monday 7 January, 2013

Retail sales fell 1.1% in November - CSO

Retail Excellence Ireland says it is “not surprised” with decrease, pointing to the timing of the Budget and ‘kite flying’ by the Government for the fall in consumer sentiment.

# consumers - Sunday 6 January, 2013

10 consumer trends for this coming year

Trendspotting firm trendwatching.com has been watching the way the wind blows for companies (and consumers) in 2013.

# consumers - Thursday 3 January, 2013

Ofcom sets out proposals to tackle mid-contract price rises

The regulator is considering introducing rules allowing customers to exit their contract without penalty if prices are raised in the middle of a contract term.

SuperValu launches country's first grocery shopping app

Now you can do your weekly shop from your smartphone.

# consumers - Wednesday 26 December, 2012

6 ways retailers get you to spend more Paco Underhill This post contains images

6 ways retailers get you to spend more

If you know, you might be able to control yourself. (But probably not.)

# consumers - Friday 21 December, 2012

Over 75 per cent of people do their Christmas shopping at work

A new survey also showed that only 9 per cent of people will buy Irish this festive season.

# consumers - Wednesday 12 December, 2012

Late shoppers may be penalised as stores run low on toys and tablets

This is not a drill. Furbys are heading towards extinction and iPad Minis are all sold out.

# consumers - Tuesday 11 December, 2012

Court registered judgements against debtors top €1 billion in 2012

The value of judgements against commercial debtros increased by 554 per cent to almost €293 million.

Irish people change to 'little and often' shopping trips

Supermarket share analysts say the notion of the ‘big shop’ not as popular as before – while supermarket market grows slightly here for second month in row.

# consumers - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

What do the new EU food information rules mean for consumers?

The new rules mean that food can’t have misleading labels, pre-packaged foods must say if they contain allergens, and refined oils and fats can be grouped together.

# consumers - Sunday 2 December, 2012

Almost half of people are not saving at all - survey

When asked what consumers will do with spare cash, half said they would use it to pay off debt.

# consumers - Tuesday 27 November, 2012

91 per cent of consumers believe Budget 2013 will leave less to spend on groceries

Almost half of participants in a new survey also believe the price of cigarettes will increase a lot.

# consumers - Saturday 24 November, 2012

Debenhams issues recall of childrens' clothes with faulty zips

The Ted Baker snowsuits and jackets for babies and small children were found to be below the store’s quality standards.

# consumers - Sunday 18 November, 2012

Want to cut food waste? Check the dates, says safefood

New research by safefood shows that almost a third of consumers believe ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ dates on food labels mean the same thing.

# consumers - Monday 12 November, 2012

One quarter of Irish people ‘will be paying for Christmas’ in New Year

Only two out of five of us will be able to get through Christmas just on our regular income – although credit card use is set to drop, according to Irish credit unions.

# consumers - Thursday 8 November, 2012

Irish consumers will be highest spenders in Europe this Christmas

Two thirds of Irish consumers also say they will focus on supporting the local economy this festive season.

# consumers - Wednesday 31 October, 2012

Consumer sentiment stabilises after sharp decline in September

The KBC Ireland/ESRI index showed a small amount of growth though consumers still have a gloomy outlook of their household finances and unemployment.

# consumers - Tuesday 2 October, 2012

Sharp fall in consumer sentiment in September

Experts said speculation around the budget and potential cuts to social welfare and health contributed to the decline.

# consumers - Monday 1 October, 2012

Consumer agency urges vigilance against scams

The National Consumer Agency has said it received 835 scam-related queries in the last 12 months, most related to ‘PC phishing’

# consumers - Monday 17 September, 2012

Bad news, consumers: Bord Gáis prices to increase from next month

The move follows similar announcements from Electric Ireland and Airtricity in recent weeks.

# consumers - Sunday 16 September, 2012

Explainer: Why energy prices are rising and what you can do to save money Cost Of Living This post contains videos

Explainer: Why energy prices are rising and what you can do to save money

With price hikes announced by Airtricity, Bord Gáis and Electric Ireland recently. We tell you why your gas and electricity is going up and what you can do to save money. Plus share your tips with us.

# consumers - Friday 14 September, 2012

Airtricity announces rise in gas and electricity prices

Customers face an increase in the cost of their gas and electricity from the middle of next month, the company said today.

# consumers - Thursday 30 August, 2012

Over €80,000 paid to consumers in refunds and compensation last year

Air passengers complaints amounted to half of the total number of cases where the ECC liaised with traders directly on behalf of customers.

# consumers - Tuesday 28 August, 2012

Retail sales and consumer sentiment up in July, August

KBC Bank Ireland said Katie’s Taylor’s big win may have increased shopper positivity…

# consumers - Thursday 9 August, 2012

Customers of Home Payments Ltd to be repaid some money

Customers of the former domestic budgeting company are to receive some of their money back, following the company going into liquidation last year.

Consumer sentiment in July strongest in two years

KBC Bank Ireland said influences such as the EU summit on Ireland’s bank debt, the ECB rate cut and the latest Troika review likely impacted on sentiment.

Education costs up 9.4 per cent in year to July

Latest Consumer Price Index from the CSO shows increases in education, transport, alcohol and tobacco since July 2011.

# consumers - Saturday 4 August, 2012

Ulster Bank says 'normal service resumed' for most customers

Banking group Royal Bank of Scotland said the cost of cleaning up the Ulster Bank technical ‘glitch’ – including redress to customers – would cost stg£28m (€35.5m).

# consumers - Tuesday 31 July, 2012

Consumers' Association launches 'class action' against Ulster Bank

The CAI is gathering information from customers left out of pocket by the recent technical problems at Ulster Bank.

# consumers - Monday 9 July, 2012

Poll: Are you up to date with your bills? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you up to date with your bills?

A new survey says that 47 per cent of consumers struggle to pay all of their bills on time. Are you up-to-date with your bills?

# consumers - Monday 25 June, 2012

Mortgage holders could be €700 better off per year, predicts IBEC

It’s good news for mortgage-holders, according to IBEC – but anyone without a mortgage will see less money in their pocket this year.

# consumers - Saturday 23 June, 2012

Some Ulster Bank branches remain open today as problems continue

One TD has warned that the problems at the bank could turn into a ‘more serious crisis’ if it is not fully resolved in the next 48 hours.

# consumers - Monday 18 June, 2012

'Incorrect and inconsistent': Food businesses criticised over allergen controls

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has said that manufacturers of food in Ireland need to strengthen their allergen labelling and control policies.

# consumers - Monday 28 May, 2012

Going down: Retail sales fall in April

Sales had been on the up for two months running but the latest figures from the CSO paint a bleaker picture. The weather, VAT, and the government have been blamed.

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