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Heading for success in 2019 with Top Oil, a trusted fuel partner

Dealer Johnny Brady tells IF&CR why Top Oil switching to Top Oil was the best move he could have made. 2018 has been a year of various challenges for many forecourt and convenience retailers across the island of Ireland, with uncertainties over Brexit and how it will affect trade creating concern. However, for Johnny Brady, the future looks bright following ...

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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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Iceland launches new Slimming World Range

New Slimming World products have been added to Iceland’s exclusive new range. Iceland Ireland has everything you need to slim down for good with some tasty new Slimming World additions now available across its 26 stores nationwide. Whether you are looking for convenient ways to stay on track with a healthier lifestyle or optimising your healthy meal choices following an overly ...

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Barclays to transfer €190 billion to Ireland ahead of Brexit

Banking giant Barclays is to transfer 190 billion euros (£160 billion) worth of assets to Ireland in preparation for Brexit.   According to the press association, the bank received approval from the High Court on Wednesday for the move, which involves 5,000 clients. A spokesperson from the company said: “As we announced in 2017, Barclays will use our existing licensed EU-based ...

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Brexit: What’s next for independent retailers?

In a time of political turbulence for retailers and traders across the country, we bring you the latest of all you need to know regarding Brexit. Last night, there were two significant votes. In one, MPs in the House of Commons voted in favour of an amendment that made it clear that a “No Deal” Brexit is simply not an ...

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Big Mac trademark revoked on foot of Supermac’s application

Supermac’s has won its long running case against the fast food giant, McDonald’s, to have the use of the iconic Big Mac trademark cancelled.  In a landmark judgement by European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), where trademark disputes are adjudicated, the office said that the multinational had not proven genuine use of the contested trademark as a burger or as ...

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Freshly Chopped launches Belfast’s first Sweat Party

Healthy fast food chain Freshly Chopped has announced the launch of Northern Ireland’s first sweat party, a phenomenon from the US that invites people to take part in a group workout session to promote healthy bodies and minds. The Freshly Chopped Sweat Party will be in aid of AWARE – The Depression Charity for Northern Ireland, and will take place ...

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Gala donates €10,000 to Jack & Jill

Jack & Jill’s #GalaGift

Gala Retail donates €10,000 to the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation Concluding its milestone 20th year in business,Gala Retail generously donated its final #GalaGift of 2018 to the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation. Ahead of the Christmas period, Gala Retail donated €10,000 to the charity, which provides direct funding to provide home nursing care to families of children up to ...

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Fierce competition

Recent figures from Kantar are indicative that the market is strong but that competition is rife. The latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks ending May 20, 2018, indicate that competition is rife in the grocery market in Ireland as Tesco takes the top spot for the first time since 2015. The gap between the top three ...

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A brighter future for Blaneys Stores XL

John Blaney, owner of Blaneys Stores describes how BWG helped him turn his business around. As a family run business in rural Ireland, Blaneys Stores has had its fair share of challenges brought on by the recession and lack of investment in non-urban areas in the West of Ireland. Thankfully, owner John Blaney tells Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer that ...

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