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#Consumers

# consumers - Wednesday 14 August, 2013

Consumer confidence is up, but disposable income is down, says report
# Money Money Money
# Money Money Money

Consumer confidence is up, but disposable income is down, says report

Aug 14th 2013, 8:45 PM 5,432 Views 30 Comments

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
# Competition
# Competition

Consumer Association calls for EU legislation on mobile costs

Aug 7th 2013, 6:30 AM 3,708 Views 18 Comments

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
# Horse Meat
# Horse Meat

People buying fewer frozen burgers after horse meat scandal

Jul 29th 2013, 1:45 PM 4,929 Views 25 Comments

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
# Berry Bad
# Berry Bad

Imported frozen berries linked to Hepatitis A outbreak

Jul 19th 2013, 12:44 PM 25,657 Views 64 Comments

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
# GUTEN TAG
# GUTEN TAG

Everything's looking rosy... if you live in Germany

Jun 26th 2013, 8:45 PM 7,669 Views 22 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: It's summer sales time – consumers, know your rights

Jun 21st 2013, 1:00 PM 286 Views 8 Comments

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
# Saving
# Saving

Under 50s stop saving as they struggle to pay off mortgages

Jun 13th 2013, 8:47 AM 6,160 Views 18 Comments

It is thought that the deadline for property tax registration may have triggered this.

# consumers - Tuesday 28 May, 2013

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

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

May 28th 2013, 12:35 PM 6,492 Views 45 Comments

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
# Consumers
# Consumers

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

May 10th 2013, 11:51 AM 11,221 Views 78 Comments

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
# Debt
# Debt

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

Apr 26th 2013, 3:55 PM 5,452 Views 9 Comments

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
# Waiting Times
# Waiting Times

Contactless payments to cut the time you spend in a queue

Apr 23rd 2013, 6:23 PM 16,102 Views 60 Comments

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
# Consumers
# Consumers

Consumers shopping more often to hunt for bargains

Apr 19th 2013, 9:02 AM 5,944 Views 22 Comments

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
# China
# China

Apple apologises to Chinese consumers after 'double standards' criticism

Apr 2nd 2013, 3:00 PM 8,531 Views 19 Comments

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
# Nearly New
# Nearly New

10 things you're better off buying used

Mar 2nd 2013, 9:45 AM 21,956 Views 46 Comments

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
# MONEY ADVICE

Money advice: National Consumer Agency’s top five tips

Feb 27th 2013, 1:14 PM 12,389 Views 29 Comments

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
# Savings
# Savings

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

Feb 13th 2013, 12:44 PM 8,716 Views 14 Comments

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
# Food And Drink
# Food And Drink

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

Feb 11th 2013, 8:55 PM 5,879 Views 33 Comments

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
# Consumers
# Consumers

Consumer sentiment increases sharply in January

Feb 11th 2013, 12:01 PM 3,706 Views 16 Comments

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
# Spending
# Spending

Consumer spending power to stabilise this year, improve in 2014

Feb 11th 2013, 8:27 AM 3,331 Views 20 Comments

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
# Complaints
# Complaints

Complaints to Financial Services Ombudsman up 12% last year

Jan 31st 2013, 11:59 AM 2,265 Views 6 Comments

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
# Shop Around
# Shop Around

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

Jan 28th 2013, 7:21 PM 6,431 Views 12 Comments

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
# Google Shopping
# Google Shopping

First numbers on Google's bid to take on Amazon's shopping business

Jan 26th 2013, 11:30 AM 8,637 Views 2 Comments

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
# Retail
# Retail

Retail sales up in last three months of 2012

Jan 25th 2013, 12:12 PM 4,322 Views 56 Comments

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
# Treat
# Treat

Chart: Ice-cream consumption per capita around the world

Jan 24th 2013, 11:39 AM 22,251 Views 32 Comments

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
# Vouchers
# Vouchers

One4all reports 14 per cent increase in turnover in 2012

Jan 18th 2013, 11:02 AM 4,306 Views 7 Comments

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
# Consumers
# Consumers

Sharp fall in consumer sentiment due to Budget worries

Jan 11th 2013, 2:45 PM 7,568 Views 20 Comments

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
# Savings
# Savings

Annual savings up 10 per cent on last year

Jan 8th 2013, 6:01 PM 6,119 Views 21 Comments

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
# Retail

Retail sales fell 1.1% in November - CSO

Jan 7th 2013, 11:40 AM 1,900 Views 2 Comments

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
# Companies
# Companies

10 consumer trends for this coming year

Jan 6th 2013, 12:00 PM 18,650 Views 14 Comments

Trendspotting firm trendwatching.com 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
# Consumers
# Consumers

Ofcom sets out proposals to tackle mid-contract price rises

Jan 3rd 2013, 11:48 AM 3,934 Views 9 Comments

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
# Online Shopping
# Online Shopping

SuperValu launches country's first grocery shopping app

Jan 3rd 2013, 6:45 AM 15,197 Views 54 Comments

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
# Paco Underhill

6 ways retailers get you to spend more

Dec 26th 2012, 7:30 AM 18,573 Views 19 Comments

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
# Shopping
# Shopping

Over 75 per cent of people do their Christmas shopping at work

Dec 21st 2012, 7:00 AM 2,950 Views 14 Comments

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
# Shortages
# Shortages

Late shoppers may be penalised as stores run low on toys and tablets

Dec 12th 2012, 2:01 PM 12,575 Views 55 Comments

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
# Debt
# Debt

Court registered judgements against debtors top €1 billion in 2012

Dec 11th 2012, 2:33 PM 5,286 Views 10 Comments

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
# Retail
# Retail

Irish people change to 'little and often' shopping trips

Dec 11th 2012, 8:47 AM 9,589 Views 30 Comments

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?
# Food Rules
# Food Rules

What do the new EU food information rules mean for consumers?

Dec 5th 2012, 6:45 AM 4,775 Views 20 Comments

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
# Savings
# Savings

Almost half of people are not saving at all - survey

Dec 2nd 2012, 1:43 PM 8,296 Views 42 Comments

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
# Budget 2013
# Budget 2013

91 per cent of consumers believe Budget 2013 will leave less to spend on groceries

Nov 27th 2012, 2:35 PM 6,083 Views 44 Comments

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
# Faulty
# Faulty

Debenhams issues recall of childrens' clothes with faulty zips

Nov 24th 2012, 12:11 PM 6,901 Views 4 Comments

The Ted Baker snowsuits and jackets for babies and small children were found to be below the store’s quality standards.