DCC on the podium
DCC was named as the overall winner of this year's Published Accounts Awards for the second consecutive year.
Aer Lingus took the award for Small/Medium Quoted Companies and Total Produce won the Enterprise Securities Market category. ESB swept the winner's award for Statutory Unquoted Entities.
Representing organisations in the Charities and Not-For-Profit category, Concern again triumphed. CRH won the Social Responsibility Reporting Award with Dublin Airport Authority taking the branding, communication and marketing category.
SQUARE HAS 'ISSUES'
A planned multi-million euro extension to the Square shopping centre in Tallaght has raised a "number of significant issues" that need to be addressed, South Dublin County Council has said.
The owner of the centre, Indego, submitted a planning application in September for a €50m-plus, 200,000 sq ft extension that will include a new department store at the location. The planned extension is being backed by NAMA. It involves the council selling a carpark at the Square to NAMA to facilitate the overall development.
RETAIL SECTOR CONCERN
Business group ISME says it's concerned about the continuing low level of consumer demand shown in the latest retail sales figures issued by the Central Statistics Office. ISME warned that rising business costs continue to be a "huge concern" for retailers, which combined with a lack of sales contrive to impose continuing losses in the sector. Retail sales fell 0.2pc by volume in October.
CRISP DEAL FOR TOURISM
Tourism Ireland and Heritage Island have inked a deal with Walkers Crisps in an effort to boost visitor numbers from Britain. Tourism Ireland's logo will appear on 145 million multipacks of Walkers and on the brand's website. Walker Crisps is owned by Pepsico. The promotion encourages GB consumers to enter a competition on the website, for a chance to win a cash prize, as well as discounted days out in Ireland.
SHIPPING ON EVEN KEEL
Irish shipping and port activity rose 3pc in the third quarter of 2013 compared to the corresponding period of 2012, according to the latest quarterly iShip Index and quarterly traffic review published by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO). The analysis indicates that three of the five principal domestic freight segments grew in the third quarter. Roll-on-roll-off trade between the UK and Ireland rose 8pc.