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#Consumers

# consumers - Thursday 17 May, 2012

Just 30 per cent of Irish people 'understand basic finance concepts'

We may no longer need to know “what a tracker mortgage is”, but how does our personal finance knowledge stack up overall?

# consumers - Wednesday 16 May, 2012

# consumers - Tuesday 8 May, 2012

Latest consumer survey suggests fears over economy easing

KBC/ESRI consumer sentiment index rose slightly in April for the fourth month in a row.

# consumers - Tuesday 1 May, 2012

Central Bank clarifies rules on contacting borrowers in arrears

The Central Bank has outlined the appropriate rules of engagement for lenders dealing with mortgage customers who have fallen into arrears.

# consumers - Monday 23 April, 2012

Column: Vodafone pair were idiots - but they don't need a kicking from us

Customer service is a tough job, writes Lisa McInerney, but what seemed to rile people most about the disrespectful Vodafone reps was they didn’t count their blessings for having a job. Is that fair?

# consumers - Saturday 21 April, 2012

£283m of punts still in circulation

While £2m of punts were exchanged between mid-February and mid-March, over 7.5 per cent of all old Irish currency is still out there…

# consumers - Wednesday 11 April, 2012

APHCI lodges complaint against Bord Gáis with Competition Authority

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors of Ireland has accused Bord Gáis of engaging in anti-competitive behaviour.

Consumer sentiment brightened (slightly) in March

Consumer sentiment has risen for the third month in a row and is now at its highest level since last October according to the KBC Bank/ESRI

# consumers - Tuesday 10 April, 2012

Consumers saving 'less than they think they should'

Some 55 per cent of people believe they are saving less than they ought to – while the number of those saving anything at all has declined, according to new data.

# consumers - Monday 2 April, 2012

Irish grocery market slips back into decline - report

The grocery sector declined by 0.5 per cent last year due to falling inflation.

# consumers - Thursday 15 March, 2012

CAI: Consumers still getting a bad deal from financial institutions

The Consumers’ Association of Ireland has said there aren’t enough financial institutions in the market competing to provide better deals for consumers.

# consumers - Saturday 3 March, 2012

How much have fuel prices risen in Ireland recently - and why?

The cost of petrol has risen to a record high of more than €1.60 per litre- and tensions between Iran and the EU mean there’s little chance of a slowdown any time soon.

# consumers - Friday 2 March, 2012

No arts: Nestlé Ireland drops artificial ingredients Nestle This post contains a poll

No arts: Nestlé Ireland drops artificial ingredients

The confectioner says it has replaced artificial ingredients from its entire range, replacing them with fruit, vegetable and plant concentrates.

# consumers - Thursday 1 March, 2012

Poll: Do you feel more optimistic about the Irish economy? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you feel more optimistic about the Irish economy?

The latest consumer sentiment index tells us that consumers became slightly more confident in February. Did you?

Consumer sentiment brightened in February

Consumer sentiment was up last month – and had also increased compared to last year, as consumers become less pessimistic about the outlook for the jobs market, KCB Bank Ireland and the ESRI said today.

More Irish people now shopping online - survey

Those living in Dublin are more likely to look to the net for a bargain.

Over seven companies collapsed each day in February

Meanwhile, business and credit analysts at Vision-net say that three out of five hotels and restaurants are in danger of going out of business.

# consumers - Wednesday 29 February, 2012

ESRI: Ireland needs tougher financial regulation

The think-tank says that consumers are paying too much for financial products and taking on too much risk.

# consumers - Monday 27 February, 2012

Less than half think property prices reflect good value

A new study by Daft.ie found the vast majority of respondents believe property prices will continue to drop over the next 12 months.

From The Daily Edge The burning question*: How should sandwiches be cut? Work Can Wait This post contains a poll

The burning question*: How should sandwiches be cut?

This and every Monday, let TheJournal.ie distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)

# consumers - Monday 20 February, 2012

From The Daily Edge The burning question*: Self-service checkouts - evil or not? Work Can Wait This post contains a poll

The burning question*: Self-service checkouts - evil or not?

This and every Monday, let TheJournal.ie distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)

# consumers - Friday 3 February, 2012

3 in 5 consumers have signed up to an online discount site

Consumers’ attitude to online deals appears overwhelmingly positive, with almost 9 in 10 of customers saying they would return to purchase from a site they had previously used.

# consumers - Tuesday 31 January, 2012

Consumer sentiment picks up after December dip - but shoppers still gloomy

The latest consumer sentiment index indicates that heightened concerns over the eurozone last month have eased somewhat.

# consumers - Sunday 29 January, 2012

From The Daily Edge In pictures: The best 9-metre high chocolate fountain you'll see today Chocalicious This post contains images

# consumers - Thursday 26 January, 2012

Customers pay 'more for water than beer' in Dublin pubs, says Senator

Senator Catherine Noone says she carried out a price survey in more than 100 Dublin pubs and found that customers were being charged more per litre for water and soft drinks than for beer and stout.

# consumers - Tuesday 17 January, 2012

Inflation drops in December across eurozone and UK

The fall in inflation has raised hopes that the European Central Bank may reduce interest rates.

# consumers - Thursday 5 January, 2012

Four out of five people now shopping around for groceries

Ireland’s shopping habits are changing significantly in the recession, a new survey suggests.

IKEA issues immediate recall of children's high chair belt

The furniture chain says that the belt on some of its Antilop high chairs can open unexpectedly.

# consumers - Saturday 17 December, 2011

Poll: Have you done your Christmas shopping? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Have you done your Christmas shopping?

Retail Excellence Ireland is so worried about the lack of spending that some of its members might hold pre-Christmas sales. Have you been holding off doing your Christmas shopping?

Sales might start next week... BEFORE Christmas Shopping This post contains images

Sales might start next week... BEFORE Christmas

Christmas shopping predictions… and 11 shopping habits we’ve picked up this year.

# consumers - Wednesday 7 December, 2011

Bank of Ireland to make €1.5 billion available for mortgages

The move comes one day after Finance Minister Michael Noonan announced a range of measures in the Budget encouraging people to buy homes.

Winners and losers of Budget 2012: In pictures Budget 2012 This post contains images

Winners and losers of Budget 2012: In pictures

There was plenty at stake in the austere Budget presented by Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan over the past two days. This slideshow will fill you in…

# consumers - Friday 25 November, 2011

From The Daily Edge Is this ad ruining Christmas for children? Humbug This post contains a poll This post contains videos

Is this ad ruining Christmas for children?

Hundreds of people have complained to the advertising watchdog in the UK about this Christmas ad from chainstore Littlewoods – but is it really that bad? (WARNING! Do not read this piece if you are under 10).

From The Daily Edge It’s Black Friday – so here’s some crazy videos of people shopping Buy Buy Buy This post contains videos

It’s Black Friday – so here’s some crazy videos of people shopping

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year in America – but check out the extreme lengths people go to to make sure they get a bargain.

# consumers - Sunday 20 November, 2011

New study finds the 25 worst internet passwords

‘Password’, ’123456′ and ‘monkey’ all feature in the list compiled by an American company. Does your password make the list?

# consumers - Friday 18 November, 2011

Almost half of people ignore use-by dates

A third of people said that they ignore use-by dates as long as the food looks and smells ‘okay’.

# consumers - Tuesday 8 November, 2011

Poll: Will you spend as much on Christmas this year as in 2010? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will you spend as much on Christmas this year as in 2010?

A survey has predicted that the Irish will shop less this festive season – but they are still the biggest spenders in Europe. Does this apply to you?

What recession? Irish shoppers will be the highest spenders in Europe this Christmas

A Deloitte survey shows the average household spend over the festive season will be €943. How much are you planning to spend?

# consumers - Wednesday 19 October, 2011

Footfall increases slightly, but shoppers not spending more

Latest footfall figures show a marginal increase in visits to Irish businesses as people sought shelter from bad August weather in shopping centres.

# consumers - Tuesday 18 October, 2011

Consumer law to undergo "radical overhaul"

Minister Richard Bruton said that much of the law in the consumer area is totally inappropriate for the era of the smartphone and the large supermarket.

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