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# Retail

This month
January 2023
# Job Losses
Argos set to close all Irish outlets by June
The company employs around 580 people across 34 stores in Ireland.
# Flat Packed
Ikea to open first Irish distribution centre
And the children’s play area in the Ballymun store is set to reopen.
Last year
2022
# Covid-19
Penneys accounts show €72 million less revenue last year
The company’s stores opened for Christmas 2020 but closed in January and didn’t reopen until May 2021.
# Clerys
Flannels and H&M announce new flagship stores in Clerys Quarter
The two leading retailers will open new stores on the O’Connell street site later this year.
All time
# winter sales
'Some staff reported being spat at': Public asked to respect shop workers as sales begin
Labour shortages and abuse from customers have made the work environment more difficult this year.
# Sold
Brown Thomas and Arnotts sold in €4.7bn Selfridges deal
The two department stores form part of the Selfridges group, which is being sold by the Weston family.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you seen or experienced a customer verbally abusing retail staff around Christmas?
A trade union has received “worrying reports” of an increase in the number of altercations with customers in recent weeks.
# Shops
Shop workers were the most likely to catch Covid-19 in the most recent two waves of the pandemic
Retail assistants, cashiers and checkout operators were the workers most likely to contract the virus in the second and third waves.
# Retail
Around 10% of Ikea product lines 'unavailable' due to supply chain issues
IKEA said there are “too many product lines” affected in Ireland to list the items that are unavailable.
# covid pay
Workers petition Dunnes Stores for pandemic pay increase to be made permanent
Staff received a temporary 10% pay increase in March 2020.
# out the gap
High street retail giant Gap to close all Ireland and UK stores
The company said it intends to take business online ‘in a phased manner’.
# Opening Time
Happy shoppers return to stores but city retailers warn that tourism and office workers are still key
Customers can expect social distancing enforcement, one way traffic systems and lots of hand sanitiser.
Non-essential retail is allowed to resume from today
Face coverings are still mandatory to wear for customers and staff
Queues at some stores but reopening generally more low key than last year
Footfall a boost for cities but retailers warn tourism is still important
# Your Say
Poll: Will you head to the shops today?
All non-essential retail stores can reopen from today.
# Lockdown lifts
Inter-county travel and home visits among raft of re-opening measures that begin today
Here are all the restrictions that will be lifted today.
# 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.
# Penneys Lane
Penneys announce shopping by appointment ahead of full reopening
The retailer will announce the date when it will start taking bookings for appointments to visit their stores.
# Downing Street
Boris Johnson confirms that non-essential retail and gyms will reopen next week
However, he warned against complacency in the fight against Covid-19.
# Stop to Shops
Retail sector 'deeply shocked' by continued ban on click and collect services until May
At the earliest, non-essential shops may be allowed to offer click and collect again from 4 May.
# vaccine strategy
'Increasingly antagonistic' people not wearing masks in shops as retailers ask for higher vaccine priority for staff
RGDATA is asking for frontline retail staff to be vaccinated quicker.
# Jobs
Aldi to create 1,050 jobs across the country, including 700 permanent roles
The supermarket chain plans to open a number of new stores in Ireland this year.
# small turkeys
December saw record-high grocery sales, but less money spent on whole turkeys
Sales of smaller cuts of meat such as turkey rolls and roast pork increased.
# Retail
Click and collect services for non-essential retail banned under new restrictions
The decision to ban click and collect services comes following a Cabinet meeting this afternoon.
# level 5
Non-essential retail to remain open under Level 5 but shops asked to defer January sales
“The retail sector will be requested to defer January sales events,” the Taoiseach said this afternoon announcing the measures.
# kantar
Boost for supermarkets as sales of mince pies, Christmas biscuits and alcohol soar ahead of festive season
Dunnes Stores leads the way in terms of market share, just ahead of Supervalu, according to the latest Kantar figures.
# Level 3
Retailers prepare for 'make or break' Christmas run-in with longer opening hours and 24-hour shopping
Non-essential retailers will be allowed to re-open from next Tuesday.
# reopening
Retailers call on government to move forward re-opening of sector to Monday
Cabinet is meeting today to discuss the Level 5 exit plan.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you plan to do most of your Christmas shopping in person?
The Taoiseach has said that the country will move back to Level Three restrictions from 1 December.
# Covid-19
'We have to get the doors open before Christmas': Retailers and pubs call for clarity on re-opening
The Vintners Federation of Ireland said outdoor-only service is “useless” for many pubs.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you started your Christmas shopping?
There are 39 days left until Christmas.
# level 5
'Children will be able to get clothes': Taoiseach says retailers should take compassionate approach
The row over essential and non-essential retail items has been rumbling on since Level 5 restrictions were introduced last week.
# Retail
Tesco to create 450 full-time jobs across the country
The supermarket chain said it is also to create 700 temporary positions for the Christmas period and is already recruiting for these roles.
# 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.
# Theft
Two men charged over thefts at retail premises in five counties
The two men aged in their 20s and 30s were arrested on Monday.
# Retail
River Island tells UK staff 350 jobs to be cut in management shake-up
The move comes just a month after it had already said it would cut 250 head office staff as part of cost-cutting measures.
# reopening
It's not up to retail staff to police mask-wearing, union says
Shoppers and retail staff will be required to wear face coverings in stores as the government slows down Ireland’s phased reopening.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you felt uncomfortable in a shop recently?
Concerns have been raised about the lack of social distancing and people wearing masks in some instances.
# Retailer
Mothercare Ireland has gone into liquidation with the loss of 197 jobs
The company said that due to the impact of Covid-19 and other factors, the business was “no longer sustainable”.
# Inflation
Prices of clothing, footwear and communications fall for two consecutive months
Consumer prices were 0.5% lower in May than in the same month last year.
# Retail
B&Q asks under 16s to stay away as queues mark reopening of hardware stores
Woodie’s has rolled back on its decision to restrict under 16s from its stores.
# Changes
Phase One: Here's what's allowed from today as Covid-19 restrictions eased
Hardware stores, garden centres and golf are all a possibility now.