Retail Intelligence

Weekly Round-up... 01 October, 2019

By Donna Ahern
Weekly Round-up... 01 October, 2019

The use of plastic shopping bags in Finland fell by approximately 90 million units between 2017 and 2018. However more work is needed in order for the country to hit its 2025 consumption targets, a new study has found. Kaupan Liitto, the Finnish commerce federation, using data from Finnish recycling authority Pakkauskierrätys RINKI Oy, said that the consumption of plastic bags in 2018 stood at 864 million, down from 952 million in 2017.

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed meet representatives from Drinks Ireland | Beer at its council meeting at the Heineken Brewery in Cork yesterday to discuss a range of issues facing Ireland’s brewing sector, including excise rates, Brexit and the future of Ireland's tillage sector.

US drugstore chain Walgreens has announced a partnership with drone-operator, Wing Aviation LLC to test a 'store to door' delivery service offering health and wellness, food and beverage, and convenience items. The service aims to cater to customers who require immediate deliveries but cannot leave home.

French consumer confidence levels rose in September to their highest point since January 2018, data showed on Wednesday (23 September), in a bright spot of economic news for a euro zone fighting against the risk of a recession. The INSEE national statistics office said its measure of consumer confidence for September rose to 104 from 103 in August - the highest mark since it reached 105 points in January 2018. A Reuters poll of 13 economists had forecast 102 points for the September level.

Germany's Rewe Group has announced that it is to expand its 'respeggt'-certified free-range eggs offering to 1,350. Rewe and Penny stores in Germany, which it implemented on the 23rd September. Every year, around 45 million male chicks are killed in Germany soon after hatching as they neither lay eggs nor grow up to be meaty. The technology - supported by Rewe Group, the Dutch incubation technology company HatchTech B.V. and researchers from the University of Leipzig, reportedly helps prevent the culling of male chicken by identifying the gender before they hatch.

German retail sales rose slightly in August, data showed on Monday (30 September), helping to allay concerns that a recession in the manufacturing sector is starting to take its toll on a consumption-driven growth cycle in Europe's largest economy. Retail sales were up by 0.5% on the month in real terms after an upwardly revised drop of 0.8% the previous month, data from the Federal Statistics Office showed. The reading matched a Reuters forecast.
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