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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 6th September 2019

 

ECC Ireland answers consumers’ questions on package holidays, price discrepancy and rental scams

ECC Ireland collaborated with the Sunday Independent to answer consumers’ questions about package holiday legislation, price discrepancy and holiday rental scams.

Read the full article here: ‘Can we get redress after package holiday fell short?’, by Martina Nee, Sunday Independent, 1st September 2019.

 

CCPC launches Brexit campaign with online shopping study

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) launched its Brexit campaign this week advising shoppers that EU rights may not be guaranteed in the event of a no-deal. The CCPC also published the results of a study that found 72 per cent of Irish consumers had bought online from a UK trader in the last two years.

Read the full article here: ‘Consumers warned of potential loss of rights in online purchases from UK’, by Conor Pope, The Irish Times, 3rd September 2019.

 

Brexit research shows consumers fear higher prices for food, fuel and flights

Marketing communications company, Core, launched its ‘Brexit Barometer’ research this week showing that consumers here fear higher prices for food, fuel and flights. They are also concerned about the disruption that Brexit will cause to travel plans and security checks as well as adverse effects on the economy.

Read the full article here: ‘Consumers fear Brexit will mean more expensive food, fuel and flights’, by Charlie Weston, Irish Independent, 4th September 2019.

 

ComReg survey shows 84% of Irish consumers own a smartphone 

Ahead of its Digital Society conference, which is being held today, the Commission for Communications Regulations (ComReg) released the results of a survey that show 84% of Irish consumers own a smartphone and that two-thirds of these use Google’s Android operating system while the remainder use Apple’s iOS.

Read the full article here: ‘84% of Irish consumers own a smartphone – ComReg’, RTÉ Business, 5th September 2019.

 

What products could be harder to get in a no-deal Brexit

Conor Pope looks at what impact a no-deal Brexit could have on the supply of popular brands in Irish supermarkets. Could Lyons Tea disappear from our shelves?

Read the full article here: ‘Is this the final Brexit straw? Lyons Tea may disappear with no deal’, by Conor Pope, The Irish Times, 6th September 2019.