New appointment to board of DAA
Thomas Guilfoyle has ceased to be a member of the DAA following the transfer of his employment to the Shannon Airport Authority. Former Glanbia executive Kevin Toland has also officially taken up his role as CEO of the DAA.
Barry takes over reins at Bord Gais
BORD Gais has appointed John Barry as acting chief executive. Mr Barry, who has been managing director of Bord Gais Networks since 2008, will take the reins after John Mullins ended his term as CEO yesterday.
In a statement, the company said it was in the process of recruiting a new chief executive and it expected to make an appointment early this year. As well as his role at the head of Bord Gais Networks, Mr Barry is programme director for the establishment of Irish Water.
Digital Ireland is 'coming of age'
IRELAND is "coming of age digitally", and is surging ahead in e-commerce and online shopping, according to the head of the Digital Hub.
In his end-of-year statement, Digital Hub Development Agency boss Phillip Flynn said 2012 had been a "strong year for digital in Ireland". "Irish enterprises are now well above their European counterparts in terms of e-commerce purchases and sale. At the same time, consumers are turning more and more to the internet, with 2.6 million online shoppers in this country spending an average of €116 per month," he claimed.
John Lewis has strong Christmas
John Lewis said yesterday it had posted a 14.8pc rise in sales in the run-up to Christmas and during the first days of its clearance, helped by demand for technology and a leap in online offerings.
Britain's biggest department store group reported sales of £684.8m (€843m) for the five weeks to December 29, including a record take of £31.7m for the first day of its sales. Like-for-like sales, which strip out the impact of new stores, rose 13pc. John Lewis has outperformed its high-street rivals in recent years due to its strong online offering, modern stores and more affluent customer base.