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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Shopping

Last month
March 2023
# Big Shop Shrinks
Shoppers buying fewer items per trip as grocery inflation hits record high at 16.4%
In contrast, at the same time last year, grocery inflation was only 2.4%.
This year
# Job Losses
Argos set to close all Irish outlets by June
The company employs around 580 people across 34 stores in Ireland.
Opinion: Refurbished Clerys clock unveiled above a Dublin struggling to maintain its identity
The Clerys Archive is a reminder of Dublin’s strange balancing act.
Inflation led to surge in Christmas grocery spend compared to 2021
On average, shoppers spent an additional €95.31 when compared to the last three months of 2021.
Last year
# Poll
Poll: Will you go shopping in St Stephen's Day sales?
Would you go out looking for a deal or will you be too stuffed with Roses and turkey?
# Your Say
Poll: Did you buy anything on Black Friday?
Did you grab any bargains?
Fraudsters stole nearly €45 million through frauds and scams in the second half of 2021
A report by
Hayley Halpin
That’s according to a new report published today by FraudSMART.
That's according to a new report published today by FraudSMART.
The report outlines how debit and credit card fraud (including ATM) hit €14.5 million.
People are being warned to be extra vigilant as Black Friday and Christmas approach.
US scammers may have taken over $45 billion in pandemic aid, says watchdog
Average text scam costs victims €1,700 as new campaign warns of bank switch con
# parking charges
'It's like a pay cut': Liffey Valley staff say new parking charges could cost some workers €12.50 a day
Liffey Valley staff have been protesting outside the shopping centre since Sunday.
All time
# Fraud
Last minute online shopping? Here are some tips to keep your cash safe from fraudsters
Fraud cases continue to increase.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you be shopping on Black Friday?
The day of flash sales takes place this year on Friday 26 November this year.
# Christmas Shopping
Shoppers being warned to protect themselves from rogue traders in lead up to Christmas
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has issued advice to consumers.
# Landlords
Vast majority of Irish retailers struggling with rent arrears, according to new survey
In 20% of cases, retailers said they had no engagement from their landlord on the issue of arrears.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you head to the shops today?
All non-essential retail stores can reopen from today.
# Supermarket Sweep
Household grocery bills increase by €1,000 as Irish shoppers spend €2 billion extra amid pandemic
Online grocery sales had another record breaking month in February.
# 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.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you done the 'big' Christmas shop?
This is a festive season like no other.
# Out and about
Dublin City centre saw its busiest weekend since March last weekend
Last Saturday night in Dublin city was 80% busier than the previous Saturday night.
# Poll
Poll: Have you done any Christmas shopping in person?
Non-essential retail reopened last week.
# level three
'It's nice to be out and about again': Quiet start as retailers open their doors to Christmas shoppers
With just 24 shopping days left, retailers are expecting business to pick up.
# covid19
'Stay away from crowded shops, streets and buses': Caution urged as retailers open back up for Christmas shopping
The government has asked customers to “play their part” as we head into the busiest shopping season of the year.
# 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.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you started your Christmas shopping?
There are 39 days left until Christmas.
# douglas shopping centre
Cork shopping centre reopens its doors for first time since major blaze last year
Dozens of cars were destroyed by the fire at Douglas Shopping Centre on 1 September 2019.
# Shopping
Aldi and Lidl remove all non-essential middle aisle products
Aldi said this decision was made after receiving further clarification from the government.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you do more of your Christmas shopping online this year?
Many retailers – if they have an online presence – are depending on customers shifting to online sales.
# shopping local
How to support Irish businesses when buying gifts this Christmas
A new directory of Irish companies to buy gifts from was launched this week.
# social distancing
Dublin businesses urge people to start Christmas shopping early to avoid large queues in December
DublinTown said 2020 has been “an extremely difficult year” for businesses.
# recycling
Nationwide post-lockdown electrical goods buying spree sees record recycling levels
WEEE Ireland said it recovered 3,763 tonnes of electrical waste in July.
# Early Doors
Shopping centres can reopen today but limits on children and defined routes may become 'new normal'
While high street stores opened their doors last week, shopping centres had to remain shut for another week.
# reopening
All shops in Northern Ireland are allowed to re-open today
From Monday, a much broader range of retailers in England will also open their doors.
# 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.
Dublin city 'easing open' on Monday, but shoppers can expect queues
Shoppers can expect queues to enter stores, changing rooms to be closed and in some cases, staff wearing PPE.
# Shopping
High street stores to get green light to reopen from next Monday
Shopping centres will not be permitted to reopen in Phase 2.
# 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.
# Coronavirus
'Not necessary' to disinfect outside of food packaging after buying, shoppers advised
Dr Linda Gordon, a specialist in microbiology, said there is “no evidence” the virus is transmitted by food or food packaging.
# Shopping
Contactless payment limit will increase to €50 next week, as cash transactions drop by 20%
Banks have also warned the public not to be tricked into giving out their pin number online.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you make more of an effort to shop locally in the coming weeks?
Many shops and businesses around the country have already shut their doors as a result of Covid-19.
# opening hours
Older people enjoy dedicated shopping sessions at supermarkets
Iceland, Tesco and Lidl introduced the initiative amid incidents of stockpiling as the nation grapples with the coronavirus outbreak
# Your Say
Poll: Will you make a visit to the St Stephen's Day sales?
Crowds of people will be out shopping tomorrow, will you be among them?