Amazon’s wind of change still gusting down the high street

Amazon’s wind of change still gusting down the high street

The 2008 recession shuttered small-town retailers across Ireland. The tide of technology has kept them closed

Last month saw a flurry of trading reports from retailers on the level of activity in the last quarter of 2018. All eyes were on the trends to emerge from December – the most important month of the year for so many retailers – to see whether the trends that are emerging in changing consumer behaviour are becoming more embedded.

The Irish consumer spending index, produced by IHS Markit, revealed that face-to-face spending dropped 3.9 per cent in...

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