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# consumers - Monday 24 March, 2014

Majority believe minimum pricing of alcohol won't curb consumption levels Survey Says This post contains a poll

Majority believe minimum pricing of alcohol won't curb consumption levels

Only 22 per cent of those surveyed for Checkout Magazine believe minimum pricing of alcohol will impact on the level of those drinking.

# consumers - Wednesday 19 March, 2014

From The Daily Edge All the hellish stages you go through when calling Customer Service Call Me Maybe

All the hellish stages you go through when calling Customer Service

Who knew it could be so hard to speak to another human being?

# consumers - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

Shopfronts of Dublin: a very lovely photo project indeed Some Front This post contains images

Shopfronts of Dublin: a very lovely photo project indeed

Independent stores, and the way they make you feel.

# consumers - Saturday 22 February, 2014

Open thread: How do YOU save money on banking fees?

Did you switch banks, or do you take out large sums of money in one go? Tell us your tips.

# consumers - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Car salesman convicted for selling 'clocked' car

The National Consumer Agency also issued compliance notices to Ryanair and Aer Lingus for failing to provide an email address on their website.

# consumers - Monday 20 January, 2014

Tesco's market share fell over Christmas while discount retailers saw a boost

Supervalu attracted 40,000 more households over the festive period, helping it to push its market share above 20 per cent.

# consumers - Thursday 16 January, 2014

Thomas Cook Irish closure could impact on prices say travel agents

The ITAA say that a reduction in capacity and an increase in demand will result from the closure and have encouraged travellers to seek best prices.

# consumers - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

Apple to refund parents of children who bought Apps without them knowing

The US Federal Trade Commission says that at least $32.5 million will be repaid to US customers after the children bough Apps without parent’s knowledge.

# consumers - Monday 13 January, 2014

More people are saving, but not because they think it's a good time to do so

Despite an increasing in savings, attitudes towards it would seem to be contradictory with only 24 per cent of people believing that “now is a good time to save”.

# consumers - Saturday 28 December, 2013

Irish people optimistic about the economy...but not their own lives

The AA carried out a major survey of 26,000 Irish people before Christmas.

# consumers - Thursday 12 December, 2013

Half will borrow to pay for Christmas as younger people look to moneylenders

The 18-34 age bracket are the most likely to use a moneylender with 12 per cent say they will do so in 2013.

# consumers - Tuesday 3 December, 2013

Concern over Budget 2014 weakened consumer sentiment last month

KBC Bank said the most recent survey seems to reflect a “broad endorsement of domestic economic policy” even if there is a sense that it will hurt household finances.

# consumers - Tuesday 26 November, 2013

Xtra-vision reverses policy on pre-ordered Xbox One consoles

From today, any person who collects their pre-ordered XBox One will not have to purchase an additional game in order to receive their console.

# consumers - Monday 25 November, 2013

Anger as Xtra-Vision doesn’t honour Xbox pre-orders unless extra game is bought

This requirement was asked of pre-order customers even if they had already paid in full for the new Xbox One console.

# 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.