Weekly Roundup... 4 May 2021

By Maev Martin
Weekly Roundup... 4 May 2021

On Thursday 20 May 20, Solus Light Bulbs are hosting an informative webinar with a panel of experts from government and compliance bodies, giving an overview of mandatory new EU Commission energy labelling requirements for the lighting sector coming into effect on September 1st 2021. The result of nearly five years of negotiations, the new rules – the Single Lighting Regulation (SLR) and the Energy Labelling Regulation (ELR) –  will apply from 1 September 2021.  Both will have significant consequences for the lighting industry and it’s retailers. This webinar will bring clarity from government and compliance body speakers on: Exactly what this new legislation entails; What timelines are in place and How the industry and its retailers can be compliant. Solus are a proud Irish company and welcome these new regulations which are in line with their Planet First sustainability programme. You can register for this webinar here.

Cadbury has announced that it has launched a Dairy Milk Orange barThe new addition is made up of the iconic Dairy Milk infused with real orange oil, to 'create a perfectly smooth and zesty combination.'The newest member of the Cadbury Dairy Milk family is currently available exclusively in Tesco (RRP €3.00). Cadbury extended their orange chocolate range, following the demand prompted by the launch of the limited-edition Twirl Orange product in 2020 and more recently the Cadbury Dairy Milk Orange Giant Buttons, the confectionery giant said. Available nationwide now. (RRP €1.22).

The number of people in Ireland claiming temporary coronavirus-related jobless benefits fell by 4% over the last week ahead of a substantial reopening of the economy in the coming weeks, data showed on Tuesday. Pandemic Unemployment Payment claims dropped to 385,211 from 403,095, the social protection department said, reports Reuters. The total rose as high as 480,000 in February when the closure of most shops, building sites and all hospitality facilities pushed the unemployment rate to close to 25%. All remaining construction resumed on Monday with retail stores and personal services set to fully reopen in mid-May and bars and restaurants allowed to serve guests outdoors from early June.

Shopper numbers across Britain fell 2% in the week to 1 May versus the previous week, with rain and lower temperatures putting off people from outside locations, researcher Springboard said on Tuesday. It said shopper numbers, or footfall, fell 6.1% week-on-week on high streets but rose 2.8% in shopping centres and 1.6% in retail parks, reports Reuters. "In part, this is likely to have been due to the rain and cooler temperatures in the second half of the week in a number of areas across the UK which will have deterred shoppers from external locations," said Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard. Non-essential stores reopened in England and Wales on April 12 after more than three months of COVID-19 lockdown. They reopened in Scotland on April 26 and Northern Ireland on April 30. Springboard said footfall in all British retail destinations was down 25.9% versus the same week in 2019.

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