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# consumer - Friday 19 July, 2013

Transport companies apply to hike fares in 2014

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has confirmed that both CIE and the RPA are looking for permission to increasse fare next year.

# consumer - 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.

# consumer - Friday 14 June, 2013

Irish investors 'feeling more positive about global economic outlook'

Survey of RaboDirect customers shows upswing in confidence about their personal and global financial situation – but they are slightly less sure about the Irish economy.

# consumer - Saturday 18 May, 2013

Kids have serious 'pester power' on family food purchases

The breakfast cereal in a family’s cupboard is often dictated by the children.

# consumer - Wednesday 15 May, 2013

Just 5 per cent of people don't own TVs - survey

That is according to a new survey from Comreg, which also found that 75 per cent of those asked said they own a laptop.

# consumer - Thursday 25 April, 2013

Poll: Would you support scrapping 1c and 2c coins? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you support scrapping 1c and 2c coins?

A new pilot project in an Irish town will see the coins being taken out of use. Do you think it should go national?

# consumer - Saturday 6 April, 2013

10 signs that you are addicted to shopping

It might sound like a joke – but the stress, debt and emotional dependence is nothing to laugh about.

# consumer - Thursday 21 February, 2013

Consumer prices increase by 1.2 per cent in one year

Alcohol, tobacco and education all increased in price while clothes and household furniture fell.

# consumer - Monday 11 February, 2013

The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning. Here are nine things to know today.

# consumer - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

Citigroup to cut 11,000 jobs and scale back global operations

The jobs will be cut in a move to boost efficiency, as Citi focuses on 150 cities worldwide that have the highest growth potential in consumer banking.

# consumer - Sunday 11 November, 2012

Almost half in online survey say they will spend less this Christmas

The Carat Ireland survey finds that consumers will cut spending on a year ago – with only 4 per cent planning to splash more than in 2011.

# consumer - Sunday 28 October, 2012

Ireland, the recession and shopping: why we love a good bargain

And has the recession even pushed us into liking a ‘bad bargain’?

# consumer - Tuesday 16 October, 2012

Poll: Do you try to shop in Irish-owned supermarkets? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you try to shop in Irish-owned supermarkets?

Study shows that chains like Tesco, Aldi and Lidl are experiencing more growth than homegrown Irish chains – do you make a conscious choice to shop in Irish supermarkets?

# consumer - Tuesday 9 October, 2012

Facebook is testing a 'Want' button

Seven large businesses in the US are ‘testing’ the new product for the social media giant.

# consumer - Tuesday 14 August, 2012

Consumer spending "down for fourth consecutive year"

New figures also show that credit card debt is continuing to decline compared to last year.

# consumer - Thursday 2 August, 2012

6 cool items made from recycled stuff this summer Second Life This post contains videos

6 cool items made from recycled stuff this summer

A cardboard bicycle and a dress you can recycle yourself are just some of the innovations in recycling we’ve seen these past two months alone.

# consumer - Wednesday 27 June, 2012

Ulster Bank: Full services will be back to normal by Monday

Bank is working to clear backlog created after last week’s technical glitch.

# consumer - Saturday 23 June, 2012

The EU's most expensive place for cigarettes and alcohol last year? Ireland

Ireland ranked overall as the fifth most expensive place for consumer goods and services last year.

# consumer - Thursday 10 May, 2012

Consumer prices increase by 1.9 per cent

Central Statistics Office figures show consumer prices increased by 1.9 per cent in the year to the end of April.

# consumer - Saturday 10 March, 2012

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The Daily Fix: Saturday

All the day’s main news as well as the bits and pieces that you may have missed…

# consumer - 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.

# consumer - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

Budget 2012: Motor tax hike of 7.5 per cent for most vehicles

Wondering how much your car will cost you next year? Read on for the full extent of tax and fuel hikes…

# consumer - Monday 28 November, 2011

Poll: Will motor tax hikes make you change/get rid of your car? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will motor tax hikes make you change/get rid of your car?

With a motor tax increase promised for a wide swathe of vehicle owners in the upcoming Budget 2012, how would that affect all you drivers out there?

# consumer - Friday 21 October, 2011

New banking costs comparisons resource launched online

The National Consumer Agency has launched the resource, which is available on its website.

# consumer - Tuesday 11 October, 2011

Collapse in sale of new cars in September

The sales of new private cars fell by almost 40 per cent in September, likely down to the end of the scrappage scheme.

# consumer - Saturday 20 August, 2011

Irish find value in 'staycations' since recession

A majority of Irish people in holiday survey think that prices have dropped enough in the recession to make Ireland a good-value destination.

# consumer - Wednesday 6 July, 2011

Government cuts its first quango - under Fianna Fáil's proposals

The National Consumer Agency will be merged with the Competition Authority under plans approved by cabinet.

# consumer - Monday 11 April, 2011

Dentists must display prices under new code of practice

Dental Council issue new guidelines for its members and advises consumers on best to choose a dentist, either at home or abroad.

# consumer - Wednesday 30 March, 2011

Dublin Airport defends low ranking in international airport survey

Confidential report shows Ireland’s main airport ranks 98th out of 146 international air hubs – but DAA says it compares well with its peer airports in Europe.

# consumer - Saturday 5 March, 2011

Cheaper electricity on the way after regulator allows ESB price cuts

The Commission for Energy Regulation allows the ESB to cut its prices, which had been raised to help create competition.

# consumer - Thursday 3 March, 2011

ECB leaves interest rates unchanged at 1 per cent - for now

Eurozone banking head Trichet hints that while consumer confidence is growing, he may yet consider an interest rate hike to prevent risk of high inflation.

Exploding coffee pots recalled by IKEA

Fragile glass has caused 12 burns and one laceration injury.

# consumer - Friday 28 January, 2011

Kindle ebook sales now higher than paperbacks on Amazon

Website sells 115 Kindle ebooks for every 100 paperbacks.

# consumer - Thursday 27 January, 2011

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Payday a black day for many Irish workers

Enquiries to make contact with financial institutions and counselling services saw a hike as workers find a hole in their January pay packet.

Trust in Irish Government hits an all-time low

Government and banking are least trusted institutions in Ireland according to new global survey – but trust in Irish business is thankfully on the up.

# consumer - Thursday 23 December, 2010

Ireland drops its brand obsession as December retail sales tail off

Customers are no longer obsessed with labels as they leave the credit cards at home when shopping, says retailers’ association.

# consumer - Friday 10 December, 2010

Consumer prices down slightly in November

Central Statistics Office finds that only clothes and footwear saw a price hike in the last month.

# consumer - Tuesday 7 December, 2010

Consumers saved from VAT, alcohol and ciggie changes

Petrol and diesel increases hitting motorists from midnight tonight – and betting online will be taxed as if you were punting on the high street.

# consumer - Friday 26 November, 2010

From The Daily Edge Dry your Tiny Tears: these are the top childhood toys Toyshow

Dry your Tiny Tears: these are the top childhood toys

As the Late Late Toy Show reconvenes on RTE tonight, gets misty-eyed at the memory of Manta Force, Sindy, Mr Frosty and the Big Red Fun Bus.