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European Consumer Centre (ECC) Ireland presents a round-up of the week’s consumer news – in case you missed it!

 

Consumer News Round-up – week ending 4th January 2019

 

An Post has ‘record’ Christmas delivering 100,000 parcels a day

It was a busy Christmas for An Post with parcel deliveries during the festive season up 50 per cent. According to an article in the Irish Independent, this increase is partly due to the rise of online shopping with online shops recording a 70 per cent increase on last year. However, this has had an adverse affect on bricks and mortar shops with sales dropping by 7 per cent.

Read the full article here: ‘We delivered 100,000 parcels a day’ – online shopping drives ‘record’ Christmas for An Post’, by Laura Lynott, Irish Independent, 28th December 2018. 

 

Pricewatch takes a look at the 2018 highlights for Irish consumers

From commemorative coin crackdowns, Beast from the East bread buying frenzy, Irish Ferries cancellations, gift voucher legislation plans, to Ryanair strikes, 2018 was a busy year for consumers. Conor Pope’s Pricewatch article looks at some of the highlights from the past year.

Read the full article here: ‘Pricewatch 2018: How the year unfolded for Irish consumers’, by Conor Pope, The Irish Times, 31st December 2018. 

 

Restaurants Association chief warns new VAT rate costs will be passed on to consumers

The Restaurants Association has slammed the Government’s decision to increase the VAT rate stating that not only will it lead to the closure of restaurants and job losses but the costs will also be passed on to consumers.

Read the full article here: ‘Restaurant Association warns increased VAT will lead to closures’, by Vivienne Clarke, Irish Examiner, 31st December 2018.