I have removed my self imposed ban on starting threads for one thread only to give you tonights Frontline Thread at the request of Norman.
Shutting up shop
Over a quarter of a million people are employed directly in retail and wholesale sectors and are doubtless hoping the next two months will be their busiest of the year. But with consumer confidence still on the floor, and details of another austerity budget yet to be revealed at the start of December, could this be the most challenging Christmas yet for retailers?
Do you the shopper have a role to play? A survey last year by Amárach on the impact of the ‘Guaranteed Irish’ campaign found that the average household spend per week on Irish products and services was just under €16.
The same survey revealed that if another €4 of that household’s spend was converted to Irish companies, it could create 6,200 jobs. Is that even possible for people in these straightened times who rather than ‘Buy Irish’ have to ‘buy cheapest’?
Shopping online might save you cash right now – but is it contributing to the death of your own town centre? Without a cut in commercial rates will empty, and often derelict, shop units become a permanent feature of our main streets? Can cash-strapped councils even contemplate such a move? Or is it only economic recovery which can lift domestic demand?
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RT News - Shutting up shop
Irish Retail Sales fall to lowest level in 10 years
Retail sales continued to fall last quarterRetail sales continued to fall last quarter - RT NewsSeptember was the most challenging month of the quarter, according to Retail Excellence Ireland.
It recorded a drop in sales of almost 1.5% from the same month last year.
It cites pre-budget speculation as the main reason, which caused a decrease in consumer sentiment that month.
The worst performing sectors in the third quarter were IT, which was down almost 20% on the same quarter last year, and gardening equipment, down 8.5% on the third quarter of 2011.