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

May 28th 2013, 12:35 PM 6,484 Views 45 Comments

Retail Ireland has said government must give consumers “hope and a reason to start spending”.

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

May 10th 2013, 11:51 AM 11,199 Views 78 Comments

However a report shows 60 per cent of adults still believe their income will be lower this time next year.

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

Apr 26th 2013, 3:55 PM 5,447 Views 9 Comments

Vision-net figures show that banks accounted for over half the value of all court judgments awarded against consumers last month.

Contactless payments to cut the time you spend in a queue
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Contactless payments to cut the time you spend in a queue

Apr 23rd 2013, 6:23 PM 16,073 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 shopping more often to hunt for bargains
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Consumers shopping more often to hunt for bargains

Apr 19th 2013, 9:02 AM 5,943 Views 22 Comments

Retailers say customers are buying less branded products and are shopping around more.

Apple apologises to Chinese consumers after 'double standards' criticism
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Apple apologises to Chinese consumers after 'double standards' criticism

Apr 2nd 2013, 3:00 PM 8,515 Views 19 Comments

State media in China has criticised the company over customer service and returns policies.

10 things you're better off buying used
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10 things you're better off buying used

Mar 2nd 2013, 9:45 AM 21,920 Views 46 Comments

Some tips to get you upcycling, reusing and getting more for your money: and we’d like your suggestions too…

Money advice: National Consumer Agency’s top five tips
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Money advice: National Consumer Agency’s top five tips

Feb 27th 2013, 1:14 PM 12,374 Views 28 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.

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

Feb 13th 2013, 12:44 PM 8,707 Views 14 Comments

The Nationwise/ESRI Saving Index revealed most people are still using any spare funds they have to pay down debt.

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

Feb 11th 2013, 8:55 PM 5,845 Views 35 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
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Consumer sentiment increases sharply in January

Feb 11th 2013, 12:01 PM 3,696 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
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Consumer spending power to stabilise this year, improve in 2014

Feb 11th 2013, 8:27 AM 3,315 Views 20 Comments

Working households with mortgages will see the greatest growth in spending power while unemployed households will fare worst.

Complaints to Financial Services Ombudsman up 12% last year
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Complaints to Financial Services Ombudsman up 12% last year

Jan 31st 2013, 11:59 AM 2,257 Views 6 Comments

Figure show that 40 per cent of all banking complaints related to mortgages.

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

Jan 28th 2013, 7:21 PM 6,413 Views 12 Comments

The National Consumer Agency found that smokers pay on average 90 per cent more for their life insurance.

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

Jan 26th 2013, 11:30 AM 8,628 Views 2 Comments

The new “product listing ads” appeared to have taken off at the end of the final quarter of 2012.

Retail sales up in last three months of 2012
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Retail sales up in last three months of 2012

Jan 25th 2013, 12:12 PM 4,312 Views 56 Comments

Hot beverages and home and giftware sectors saw noticeable increases while furniture and flooring suffered losses.

Chart: Ice-cream consumption per capita around the world
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Chart: Ice-cream consumption per capita around the world

Jan 24th 2013, 11:39 AM 22,008 Views 32 Comments

Irish people eat more of it than Italians… (because we have the warmer climate, right?)

One4all reports 14 per cent increase in turnover in 2012
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One4all reports 14 per cent increase in turnover in 2012

Jan 18th 2013, 11:02 AM 4,221 Views 7 Comments

The Irish company behind the gift card brand said sales increased across all distribution channels last year.

Sharp fall in consumer sentiment due to Budget worries
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Sharp fall in consumer sentiment due to Budget worries

Jan 11th 2013, 2:45 PM 7,555 Views 20 Comments

December’s index saw the largest one month point decline in seventeen years.

Annual savings up 10 per cent on last year
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Annual savings up 10 per cent on last year

Jan 8th 2013, 6:01 PM 6,106 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.

Retail sales fell 1.1% in November - CSO
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Retail sales fell 1.1% in November - CSO

Jan 7th 2013, 11:40 AM 1,890 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.

10 consumer trends for this coming year
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10 consumer trends for this coming year

Jan 6th 2013, 12:00 PM 18,638 Views 14 Comments

Trendspotting firm trendwatching.com has been watching the way the wind blows for companies (and consumers) in 2013.

Ofcom sets out proposals to tackle mid-contract price rises
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Ofcom sets out proposals to tackle mid-contract price rises

Jan 3rd 2013, 11:48 AM 3,920 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
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SuperValu launches country's first grocery shopping app

Jan 3rd 2013, 6:45 AM 15,136 Views 54 Comments

Now you can do your weekly shop from your smartphone.

6 ways retailers get you to spend more
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6 ways retailers get you to spend more

Dec 26th 2012, 7:30 AM 18,562 Views 19 Comments

If you know, you might be able to control yourself. (But probably not.)

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

Dec 21st 2012, 7:00 AM 2,942 Views 14 Comments

A new survey also showed that only 9 per cent of people will buy Irish this festive season.

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

Dec 12th 2012, 2:01 PM 12,564 Views 55 Comments

This is not a drill. Furbys are heading towards extinction and iPad Minis are all sold out.

Court registered judgements against debtors top €1 billion in 2012
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Court registered judgements against debtors top €1 billion in 2012

Dec 11th 2012, 2:33 PM 5,241 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
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Irish people change to 'little and often' shopping trips

Dec 11th 2012, 8:47 AM 9,570 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.

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

Dec 5th 2012, 6:45 AM 4,773 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.

Almost half of people are not saving at all - survey
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Almost half of people are not saving at all - survey

Dec 2nd 2012, 1:43 PM 8,283 Views 42 Comments

When asked what consumers will do with spare cash, half said they would use it to pay off debt.

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

Nov 27th 2012, 2:35 PM 6,076 Views 44 Comments

Almost half of participants in a new survey also believe the price of cigarettes will increase a lot.

Debenhams issues recall of childrens' clothes with faulty zips
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Debenhams issues recall of childrens' clothes with faulty zips

Nov 24th 2012, 12:11 PM 6,887 Views 4 Comments

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

Want to cut food waste? Check the dates, says safefood
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Want to cut food waste? Check the dates, says safefood

Nov 18th 2012, 11:56 AM 7,374 Views 13 Comments

New research by safefood shows that almost a third of consumers believe ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ dates on food labels mean the same thing.

One quarter of Irish people ‘will be paying for Christmas’ in New Year
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One quarter of Irish people ‘will be paying for Christmas’ in New Year

Nov 12th 2012, 8:15 AM 3,737 Views 26 Comments

Only two out of five of us will be able to get through Christmas just on our regular income – although credit card use is set to drop, according to Irish credit unions.

Irish consumers will be highest spenders in Europe this Christmas
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Irish consumers will be highest spenders in Europe this Christmas

Nov 8th 2012, 8:49 AM 7,999 Views 60 Comments

Two thirds of Irish consumers also say they will focus on supporting the local economy this festive season.

Consumer sentiment stabilises after sharp decline in September
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Consumer sentiment stabilises after sharp decline in September

Oct 31st 2012, 2:16 PM 2,476 Views 14 Comments

The KBC Ireland/ESRI index showed a small amount of growth though consumers still have a gloomy outlook of their household finances and unemployment.

Sharp fall in consumer sentiment in September
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Sharp fall in consumer sentiment in September

Oct 2nd 2012, 9:15 PM 6,722 Views 19 Comments

Experts said speculation around the budget and potential cuts to social welfare and health contributed to the decline.

Consumer agency urges vigilance against scams
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Consumer agency urges vigilance against scams

Oct 1st 2012, 12:25 PM 6,986 Views 19 Comments

The National Consumer Agency has said it received 835 scam-related queries in the last 12 months, most related to ‘PC phishing’

Bad news, consumers: Bord Gáis prices to increase from next month
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Bad news, consumers: Bord Gáis prices to increase from next month

Sep 17th 2012, 5:50 PM 5,735 Views 28 Comments

The move follows similar announcements from Electric Ireland and Airtricity in recent weeks.