Marian O’Gorman of Kilkenny Design Centre: ‘The lack of tourists has taken 30 per cent straight out of the business.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On March 16th, the Kilkenny Group should have been coping with one of its busiest periods of the year. The St Patrick’s festival usually draws 500,000(...)

The local multiplier effect means that every €100 spent in the local economy is actually worth €500. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There was no sign of much change in consumer behaviour as folk lined up in their hundreds to buy cheap clothes from Penneys when its flagship shop on (...)

A closed shop on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Retailers have urged the Government to accelerate the reopening of the economy by allowing all shops to reopen from June 8th, as long as they have pre(...)

The industry survey predicts in-store revenues will be down by an average of 65 per cent across the retail sector next month. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Leading figures in the retail sector want the Government’s reopening plan to be reviewed after detailed new industry research laid bare the huge month(...)

Jones’ Garden Centre in Donabate, Co Dublin, with modifications in place ahead of reopening to the public on Monday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Retailers want local council rates waived for a year and grants equal to 60 per cent of commercial rent to aid their recovery from the Covid-19 crisis(...)

 Grafton Street in Dublin’s city centre.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

For years now, every single time, Pricewatch has written about the immense challenges facing bricks and mortar shops forced to compete with online sel(...)

Garden centres and hardware stores are among the businesses permitted to open in phase one. Photograph: iStock

About 1,500 retailers will reopen their doors next Monday as the State moves to the first phase of its plan to reopen the economy, according to figure(...)

Grafton Street in Dublin, the 13th most expensive shopping street in the world. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It has become a humorous internet meme to point out changes in the environment spurred by global lockdowns, and conclude that the planet is renewing i(...)

A worker checks the temperature of a customer at the entrance of a supermarket,   in Turin, Italy. Photograph: Reuters

Non-essential retailers have been warned not to offer any special deals or promotions when the State eventually allows them to reopen, to prevent larg(...)

A worker checks the temperature of a customer at the entrance of a supermarket in Turin, Italy. Photograph: Reuters/ Massimo Pinca

Temperature checks for staff and customers, mandatory staff Covid-19 testing, and no price promotions to prevent “surge consumption” are among measure(...)

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