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Applegreen reviewing newly-acquired hotel operation

Leading forecourt retailer Applegreen, which currently operates six sites in NI, is reviewing its newly-acquired hotel operation in the UK. 2018 was another strong year of growth for the business which was driven by positive contribution from our continued expansion with both current year and prior year acquisitions delivering solid performance. This was supplemented by good levels of like for ...

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IKEA offers Mother’s Day gift inspiration with hamper workshop

IKEA is sharing some inspiration for Mother’s Day gifts this weekend by holding a special drop-in workshop to learn the art of creating beautiful gift hampers.  This Saturday and Sunday, from 1 – 5pm in the Home Organisation area of the Holywood Exchange store, co-workers will show customers how to put together an original hamper of gifts from frames for ...

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Royal Dutch Shell boss sees pay rise by 126%

The boss of Royal Dutch Shell received a mammoth 126% pay rise last year, pocketing 20.1 million euros (£17 million) after higher oil prices boosted profits at the energy giant. Chief executive Ben Van Beurden saw his total pay packet climb from 8.9 million euros (£7.6 million) to more than 15 million euros (£12.8 million) as part of a long-term ...

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Toilet roll and painkiller sales surge as shoppers stockpile for Brexit

Shoppers are snapping up painkillers and toilet roll in a sign of consumer stockpiling ahead of Brexit, supermarket Morrisons has revealed. David Potts, chief executive of the chain, said the group had seen a spike in sales of the essential household items. When asked if Morrisons shoppers had started stockpiling to prepare for possible no-deal Brexit chaos, Mr Potts said: ...

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Domino’s sees store openings hit by franchisee dispute as profits fall

Domino’s Pizza has posted falling annual profits and admitted store openings will be hit this year amid an escalating row with its franchisees. The pizza delivery company said that, while its pipeline of new stores is set to hold firm in 2019, the actual number of openings is likely to be lower given “ongoing franchisee discussions”. The news came as ...

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Just Eat revenue jumps as company targets £1bn sales

Just Eat has reported a jump in annual revenue and profit as the online food firm targets £1 billion in sales this year for the first time. The group saw revenue grow 43% in 2018 to £779.5 million, boosted by strong growth in the UK and Canada. Underlying earnings rose 6% to £173.9 million in the year to December 31, ...

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Mount Charles invests £75m in new contracts in 12 months

Mount Charles, Ireland’s leading independent foodservice and support services company, has announced signing new contracts worth a combined contract value of £75 million pounds in the last 12 months This latest tranche of wins contributed to a boost for 2017/8 turnover by 20% to £40m, marking over a decade of growth for the company. The new contracts in Northern Ireland ...

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Irish consumer sentiment falls rapidly

Irish consumer sentiment fell sharply in February on a notably poorer outlook for the Irish economy and jobs that translated into poorer household income prospects. The KBC Bank/ESRI consumer sentiment index fell to 86.5 in February from 98.8 in January. While some pull-back in sentiment in February was not entirely surprising, the scale of decline was unexpected. The 12.3 point ...

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Electric car sales rise by 542% in Ireland

Electric car sales rise by 542% in first two months of 2019, according to new research Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that the total new electric car registrations for the month of February have shown a significant increase with 330 registered in comparison to just 72 in the same month last ...

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Irish grocery market off to a strong start in 2019

The Irish grocery market followed up a record-breaking festive period by posting year-on-year sales growth of 3.4% during the 12 weeks to 27 January.  Despite shoppers tightening the purse strings, the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel show a strong start to 2019 as New Year’s resolutions shaped shopping baskets. Douglas Faughnan, consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “While families ...

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Centra to open 25 new stores and create 375 jobs

One of Ireland’s leading convenience retailers, Centra, has registered a new record after hitting sales of €1.63 billion in 2018. The convenience retailer plans to build on this momentum by opening 25 new stores across the country this year, as well as refreshing 80 stores, as part of a €35 million investment, which will see 375 jobs added to the Centra ...

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Maxol customers raise €62,000 for charity Aware

€62,000 has been raised by Maxol’s customers on the run up to Christmas for charity Aware. The latest figure brings the total funds raised by Maxol to €120,000 for 2018. Getting onboard with Maxol’s ROSA coffee charity campaign meant that a 10-cent donation was made for every purchase of Maxol’s exclusive ROSA coffee, as well as tea and other hot drinks, ...

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