Over the Easter weekend, Aldi Ireland’s 150 stores will be open until 10pm on Good Friday and 9pm on Easter Saturday, to ‘ensure everyone can pick up their last-minute Easter eggs, hot cross buns and Easter roast essentials.’ As in previous years, stores are to remain closed on Easter Sunday, but will be open until 9pm on Easter Monday. The opening times of some stores may vary, so customers should check the details on Aldi’s website before their trip.
The mood among Dutch consumers continued to deteriorate in March, new data from statistics body Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS) has shown, with consumer confidence almost at its lowest level ever. Consumer confidence came in at -39 for the month, compared to -30 in February, with Dutch consumers ‘particularly gloomy’ about the coming 12 months, as well as being concerned about the war in Ukraine. The only time that consumer confidence was lower, according to CBS, was in February and March 2013. In March 2013, consumer confidence hit a low of -41.
The Chicago Board of Trade’s soybean, wheat and corn futures firmed on Friday, with all three commodities recovering from declines posted during the overnight trading session. The strength in soybeans stemmed from signs that demand for US supplies remains strong, even with newly harvested soybeans from South America available on the marketplace. Corn futures benefitted from position-squaring ahead of a closely watched report on US farmers’ planting plans, which the government will release next week.