Top stories in the papers this week 21 – 30 January 2012

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TDs call for alcohol ban in supermarkets; Staff got prize for pushing cigarette brands - claim; Publisher of mock-up 'Sunday Tribune' faces €40,000 bill



30 January 2012

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1. TDs call for ban on sale of booze in supermarkets

A total ban on the sale of alcohol in supermarkets, convenience shops and petrol stations has been proposed, reports The Irish Independent. The Joint Committee on Health and Children has published a report on the misuse of alcohol and committee chair, TD Jerry Buttimer, believes a ban is needed to reduce the widespread availability of alcohol. The report’s 13 recommendations will now be studied by Junior Health Minister Roisin Shortall.

2. Staff got prize for pushing cigarette brands – claim

The High Court has been asked to rule on a case involving an allegation that shop staff were rewarded for pushing certain cigarette brands. The Evening Herald reports the court is examining whether a District Court judge correctly interpreted the law when she dismissed a prosecution of tobacco manufacturer PJ Carroll for giving vouchers to shop staff as a reward for promoting its cigarettes in the company’s ‘Pocket a Packet’ scheme.

3. Newspaper that printed mock-up ‘Sunday Tribune’ faces €40,000 bill

Associated Newspapers (Ireland) which publishes the ‘Irish Mail on Sunday’ has been found guilty of breaking consumer protection laws by publishing 26,000 ‘Sunday Tribune’ lookalike editions. The Irish Independent reports that following prosecution by the National Consumer Agency (NCA) at Dublin District Court, the publisher will have to pay a €15,000 donation to charity and costs of €25,000 to the NCA.

4. Kylemore reports profit of €731,000

Catering group Kylemore swung back into the black last year, posting a pretax profit of €731,000, compared to a loss of €1.8 million the previous year, which reflected the impact of exceptional costs. The Irish Times reports company accounts show the contract services catering division “performed well during the year” yet turnover from the restaurant business declined during the year as a result of reduced consumer spend.

5. Festive shoppers hike sales by 3pc for retailers

Christmas shoppers helped boost retail sales by 3% in December, reports the Irish Independent. However, many retailers were facing "armageddon" thanks to VAT hikes and low confidence, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association warned. Sales were up 2.1% in December compared to the previous month and were 3% higher than a year earlier,  CSO figures show. Fuel sales were up 5% in the year and food businesses were up 1.1%.


Could supermarkets’ race for shop space backfire? (Telegraph)

Fast food chains prosper as cash-strapped consumers shun retailers (Guardian)

Minimum alcohol price across island planned to tackle abuse (Irish Times)

Irish Mail bill of €40k for Tribune lookalike stunt (Evening Herald)

Tesco tailors deals to suit affluence of area (Telegraph)

Discovery of Louth fuel laundering plant welcome

Improved taste leads to surge in sales of low-alcohol beers (Guardian)

Committee pushes for ban on alcohol sales in supermarkets (Evening Echo)

Retail decline risks store closures  (Irish Examiner)

Why retail investment can still be a success (Irish Independent)

IFA fires first salvo in annual lamb price war (Irish Independent)  

Tesco ‘set to wind up Home Plus’ (Irish Examiner)

Derry Sainsbury’s site put up for sale (Derry Journal)

Sharp rise in sustainable seafood products on sale in UK (Guardian)



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