Much to the delight of Irish shoppers, non-essential retail reopened in Republic of Ireland on Monday (17 May 2021) for the first time in 4 months.
Expectedly, there were long queues outside many retail stores, though, as per reports, the opening day was still quieter compared to many other reopenings this year.
Notably, click-and-collect services had already recommenced last week (10 May).
It’s been a slow start, but Irish trade body Retail Ireland still believes the pent up consumer demand to generate a jump of 40 per cent sales in next few months compared to what it was during pre-pandemic days.
Come June, the trade body expects Irish shoppers to spend more than €3 billion on debit and credit cards while shopping non-essential items including apparels and fashion accessories.
June will see restrictions being further eased in Ireland.
Retail Ireland also said that despite sales expected to jump in June, there are concerns about the future and therefore Government support must continue for vulnerable businesses.
However, with vaccination rollout picking up pace and with continuous support from Government, it could just be the beginning of a new innings for Irish retail sector.