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# Retail Excellence Ireland

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# Landlords
Vast majority of Irish retailers struggling with rent arrears, according to new survey
In 20% of cases, retailers said they had no engagement from their landlord on the issue of arrears.
# reopening
Retailer's organisation says industry can't afford another lockdown
Retail Excellence says the sector will need major financial support from the government in the months ahead.
# Brexit
Empty shelves in M&S not sign of post-Brexit food supply problems, industry body says
Photos of empty shelves in M&S stores have caused a stir in recent days.
# downturn
Tony Holohan says he doesn't anticipate recommending retailers to reopen early despite their pleas
Retail Excellence argued that the lockdown had been catastrophic for the sector.
# essential or non-essential
Explainer: What exactly are the rules for essential and non-essential retailers and how can they be enforced?
What penalties are in place for businesses that break the rules?
# level 5
Larger retailers 'abusing' Level 5 by remaining open for non-essential sales, retail group claims
Retail Excellence Ireland has said it is writing to the Tánaiste over its concerns.
# Retail Sector
'It's going to be a disaster for us': Retailers call for clarity and support ahead of tightening of Covid restrictions
Business owners aren’t holding out hope for all retailers to be deemed essential.
Anxiety remains for small business owners despite government recovery plans
Some €2 billion has been promised to SMEs through credit guarantee scheme.
# Deal or no deal
'Outlook is bleak': Irish retail group to meet UK MPs amid no-deal Brexit fears
Retail Excellence Ireland has also asked the government for the secondment of a Revenue worker to assist their Brexit planning.
# dealz dealz dealz
It's official: Black Friday is destroying the December sales
The popular US sales frenzy shows a mixed bag of results for retailers in Ireland.
# High Street
The post-Christmas sales are a 'mixed bag' for Irish retailers
Footfall is down, but spending is up.
# splurge
The teachers' strike day was the busiest pre-Christmas shopping day this year
Overall though, sales have been disappointing in December 2014.
# Perking up
Do strong coffee sales mean the economy is getting better?
Retail Excellence Ireland says that hot beverage sales are an indicator of a stronger employment market.
Multinational companies seriously concerned over possible power outages
Retail Excellence said stores will be forced to close for the duration of the strike and many may not reopen.
# Strike
ESB employees and management in talks to resolve pensions row
There are hopes that industrial action which is due to begin on 16 December can be avoided.
Retail firms to switch energy providers if ESB strike goes ahead
Retail Excellence Ireland urged the government to intervene to prevent the ESB from “holding the country to ransom”.
# Property Tax
Revenue boss to face TDs questions amid criticism of Property Tax deadline
Josephine Feehily is expected to appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee. It comes as retailers warn that the Revenue’s approach could have a serious effect on trade in the run-up to Christmas.
# Loss leaders
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.
# Budget 2014
'We're examining the options': Noonan says no decision on raising 9% VAT rate
The Finance Minister had previously said that in order to maintain the special rate for the tourism and hospitality industry he would need to find €360 million elsewhere.
# Post codes
Decision to introduce postcodes in September 2014 welcomed
Ireland is one of the few countries in the world that does not have a postcode system.
# Saved
Good news: Over 600 jobs saved as B&Q exits examinership
Around 640 jobs have been saved as the home improvement retailer’s eight stores across the country remain open but one store has closed with nearly 50 jobs lost.
# Groceries
Retail Excellence Ireland dismiss Consumer Association report on grocery prices
The CAI said the REI “can attempt to dismiss the findings all they like” but they’ve been tracking the price of the same branded products since 2000.
# Retail pay
Less than 10% of retail employers will increase pay in 2013
The survey also found that more than 17 per cent will reduce allowances such as bonuses and overtime rates in 2013.
# Retail
Retail sales fell slightly in December - CSO
The volume of retail sales fell by 0.1 per cent in December but figures show an increase when motor trades are excluded.
# Retail
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.
# Retail
Christmas shoppers and sales up on 2011 says Retail Excellence Ireland
Good news for retailers from the evidence so far on St Stephen’s Day says the retail representative body.
# Budget 2013
Budget 2013: Here's what the experts had to say about it
From property tax to child benefit cuts to the motor industry, we asked the experts what they thought about Budget 2013. Here’s what they had to say.
# Budget 2013
Budget 2013: As speculation mounts, retailers say their business is suffering
Consumer confidence has plummeted as we worry about the forthcoming budget and retailers say they’re feeling the pinch but will the government do anything to stop the leaks and speculation?
# Shopping
Retail sales up for the third month in a row
The amount and value of Irish retail sales have risen by 0.9 per cent in September compared with August 2012.
# Best in show
It's official... Westport is the best town in Ireland
Says who? Retail Excellence Ireland, that’s who.
# Spending
Retail organisation urges against negative budget speculation
While consumer confidence is on the increase, Retail Excellence Ireland warns that spending continues to fall.
# Centra
Centra shops criticised for ‘disgraceful’ Children’s Allowance Day beer offers
A leaflet being distributed by two Centra shops in north Dublin are promoting offers on crates of beer for those in receipt of Children’s Allowance. The retailer has been heavily criticised today.
# Money matters
Could Ireland ever become a totally cash-free country?
Irish people take out more money from ATMs than anyone else in Europe. So could we ever move to an electronic-only system?
# Retail
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.
# Retail
Retail sales on the up for second month running
CSO figures show that the volume of retail sales grew by 0.2 per cent last month, with the value of sales up by 0.6pc.
# Retail
Retail sales dip in January compared to last year
The value of retail sales was down by 3.7 per cent compared to December, but by 0.3 per cent compared to January 2011.
# Shops
Retail sales still dropping, industry figures show
Many stores face going out of business in 2012, according to the chief executive of Retail Excellence Ireland.
# Retail
Government expects VAT hike to hit sales by 1.8 per cent
Estimates for tax income in 2012 indicate that the government doesn’t expect the VAT hike to have a major impact on shoppers.
# redundancies
Companies ‘rushing redundancies’ to exploit Budget layoff changes – REI
Retail Excellence Ireland says companies have brought forward planned redundancies before the government cuts redundancy rates.