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From TheJournal.ie Apple apologises to Chinese consumers after 'double standards' criticism China

Apple apologises to Chinese consumers after 'double standards' criticism

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

From TheJournal.ie 10 things you're better off buying used Nearly New

10 things you're better off buying used

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

From TheJournal.ie Money advice: National Consumer Agency’s top five tips MONEY ADVICE This post contains a poll

Money advice: National Consumer Agency’s top five tips

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.

From TheJournal.ie 54 per cent of people still believe now is a bad time to save Savings

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Food and drink prices down over 6 per cent since 2008 - Retail Ireland Food And Drink

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie Consumer sentiment increases sharply in January Consumers

Consumer sentiment increases sharply in January

A significant drop in December took economists by surprise but confidence levels now appear to have stabilised.

From TheJournal.ie Consumer spending power to stabilise this year, improve in 2014 Spending

Consumer spending power to stabilise this year, improve in 2014

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

From TheJournal.ie Complaints to Financial Services Ombudsman up 12% last year Complaints

Complaints to Financial Services Ombudsman up 12% last year

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

From TheJournal.ie Life insurance prices can vary by up to €7,500 - study Shop Around

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

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

From TheJournal.ie First numbers on Google's bid to take on Amazon's shopping business Google Shopping

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Retail sales up in last three months of 2012 Retail

Retail sales up in last three months of 2012

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

From TheJournal.ie Chart: Ice-cream consumption per capita around the world Treat

Chart: Ice-cream consumption per capita around the world

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

From TheJournal.ie One4all reports 14 per cent increase in turnover in 2012 Vouchers

One4all reports 14 per cent increase in turnover in 2012

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

From TheJournal.ie Sharp fall in consumer sentiment due to Budget worries Consumers

Sharp fall in consumer sentiment due to Budget worries

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

From TheJournal.ie Annual savings up 10 per cent on last year Savings

Annual savings up 10 per cent on last year

Research from EBS shows that people aged 16-24 are now more confident about their economic well being than this time last year.

From TheJournal.ie Retail sales fell 1.1% in November - CSO Retail

Retail sales fell 1.1% in November - CSO

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.

From TheJournal.ie 10 consumer trends for this coming year Companies

10 consumer trends for this coming year

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

From TheJournal.ie Ofcom sets out proposals to tackle mid-contract price rises Consumers

Ofcom sets out proposals to tackle mid-contract price rises

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.

From TheJournal.ie SuperValu launches country's first grocery shopping app Online Shopping

SuperValu launches country's first grocery shopping app

Now you can do your weekly shop from your smartphone.

From TheJournal.ie 6 ways retailers get you to spend more Paco Underhill This post contains images

6 ways retailers get you to spend more

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

From TheJournal.ie Over 75 per cent of people do their Christmas shopping at work Shopping

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Late shoppers may be penalised as stores run low on toys and tablets Shortages

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Court registered judgements against debtors top €1 billion in 2012 Debt

Court registered judgements against debtors top €1 billion in 2012

The value of judgements against commercial debtros increased by 554 per cent to almost €293 million.

From TheJournal.ie Irish people change to 'little and often' shopping trips Retail

Irish people change to 'little and often' shopping trips

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.

From TheJournal.ie What do the new EU food information rules mean for consumers? Food Rules

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie Almost half of people are not saving at all - survey Savings

Almost half of people are not saving at all - survey

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

From TheJournal.ie 91 per cent of consumers believe Budget 2013 will leave less to spend on groceries Budget 2013

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Debenhams issues recall of childrens' clothes with faulty zips Faulty

Debenhams issues recall of childrens' clothes with faulty zips

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

From TheJournal.ie Want to cut food waste? Check the dates, says safefood Food Waste

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie One quarter of Irish people ‘will be paying for Christmas’ in New Year Debt

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie Irish consumers will be highest spenders in Europe this Christmas Christmas

Irish consumers will be highest spenders in Europe this Christmas

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

From TheJournal.ie Consumer sentiment stabilises after sharp decline in September Consumers

Consumer sentiment stabilises after sharp decline in September

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

From TheJournal.ie Sharp fall in consumer sentiment in September Consumers

Sharp fall in consumer sentiment in September

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

From TheJournal.ie Consumer agency urges vigilance against scams Scams

Consumer agency urges vigilance against scams

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

From TheJournal.ie Bad news, consumers: Bord Gáis prices to increase from next month Energy

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Why energy prices are rising and what you can do to save money Cost Of Living This post contains videos

Explainer: Why energy prices are rising and what you can do to save money

With price hikes announced by Airtricity, Bord Gáis and Electric Ireland recently. We tell you why your gas and electricity is going up and what you can do to save money. Plus share your tips with us.

From TheJournal.ie Airtricity announces rise in gas and electricity prices Airtricity

Airtricity announces rise in gas and electricity prices

Customers face an increase in the cost of their gas and electricity from the middle of next month, the company said today.

From TheJournal.ie Over €80,000 paid to consumers in refunds and compensation last year Consumers

Over €80,000 paid to consumers in refunds and compensation last year

Air passengers complaints amounted to half of the total number of cases where the ECC liaised with traders directly on behalf of customers.

From TheJournal.ie Retail sales and consumer sentiment up in July, August Good News

Retail sales and consumer sentiment up in July, August

KBC Bank Ireland said Katie’s Taylor’s big win may have increased shopper positivity…

From TheJournal.ie Customers of Home Payments Ltd to be repaid some money Savings

Customers of Home Payments Ltd to be repaid some money

Customers of the former domestic budgeting company are to receive some of their money back, following the company going into liquidation last year.