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# consumers - Tuesday 28 May, 2013

"Worrying figures" show we spent less on clothing, books and furniture in April

Retail Ireland has said government must give consumers “hope and a reason to start spending”.

# consumers - Friday 10 May, 2013

Consumers 'weathering the storm' as experts predict recession is bottoming out

However a report shows 60 per cent of adults still believe their income will be lower this time next year.

# consumers - Friday 26 April, 2013

Consumers and firms ordered to pay over €44m to creditors last month

Vision-net figures show that banks accounted for over half the value of all court judgments awarded against consumers last month.

# consumers - Tuesday 23 April, 2013

Contactless payments to cut the time you spend in a queue

With 6,000 of the terminals now in Ireland, the 11.2 minutes that people spend queuing on a daily basis looks set to drop.

# consumers - Friday 19 April, 2013

Consumers shopping more often to hunt for bargains

Retailers say customers are buying less branded products and are shopping around more.

# consumers - Tuesday 2 April, 2013

Apple apologises to Chinese consumers after 'double standards' criticism

State media in China has criticised the company over customer service and returns policies.

# consumers - Saturday 2 March, 2013

10 things you're better off buying used

Some tips to get you upcycling, reusing and getting more for your money: and we’d like your suggestions too…

# consumers - Wednesday 27 February, 2013

Money advice: National Consumer Agency’s top five tips MONEY ADVICE This post contains a poll

Money advice: National Consumer Agency’s top five tips

The NCA’s online tools were used over 400,000 times in the last year which they believe shows a strong appetite among consumers for money managing information.

# consumers - Wednesday 13 February, 2013

54 per cent of people still believe now is a bad time to save

The Nationwise/ESRI Saving Index revealed most people are still using any spare funds they have to pay down debt.

# consumers - Monday 11 February, 2013

Food and drink prices down over 6 per cent since 2008 - Retail Ireland

Retail Ireland made the comments following the publication of a Consumers’ Association of Ireland (CAI) report on Irish food prices – which indicated the typical cost of a basket of groceries had risen 12 per cent in the past two years.

Consumer sentiment increases sharply in January

A significant drop in December took economists by surprise but confidence levels now appear to have stabilised.

Consumer spending power to stabilise this year, improve in 2014

Working households with mortgages will see the greatest growth in spending power while unemployed households will fare worst.

# consumers - Thursday 31 January, 2013

Complaints to Financial Services Ombudsman up 12% last year

Figure show that 40 per cent of all banking complaints related to mortgages.

# consumers - Monday 28 January, 2013

Life insurance prices can vary by up to €7,500 - study

The National Consumer Agency found that smokers pay on average 90 per cent more for their life insurance.

# 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 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.