Shopping centres slip in top survey
TWO shopping centres in Limerick have been ranked bottom of a national survey by Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) for their productivity, on the basis of a number of factors including footfall, service charges and occupancy rates.
The REI survey ranked Jetland Shopping Centre and Castleroy Shopping Centre in the city as the worst performers based on its criteria.
Japan Airlines to slash workforce
AFTER a two-month delay, struggling Japan Airlines announced details yesterday of a rehabilitation plan that will see the group cut more than 16,000 positions by the end of fiscal 2010. In January the flagship carrier went under with $26bn of debt, but has continued flying while it goes through a state-led restructuring process.
Gartner cuts PC sales forecast
TECHNOLOGY research and advisory company Gartner cut its growth forecast for personal computer sales for the second half of the year yesterday, citing the uncertain economic outlook for the US and Western Europe. Gartner said worldwide PC sales were expected to grow 15.3pc in the second half of the year, 2pc below the previous forecast.
Jobs boom for expanding firm
TRALEE technology company Aspen Grove has announced the creation of 20 new jobs due to the continued expansion of its business. The company provides web-based business process solutions for financial property management, valuations and sales. The positions will be created within their development and networking teams and come onstream by the end of October.
India gets tough on data access
INDIA has toughened its scrutiny of telecoms firms with a directive demanding "access to everything". An Indian Home Ministry official said "any company with a telecoms network should be accessible". The move follows talks with Blackberry maker Research in Motion about ways to allow Indian security forces to monitor data. The government is also likely to target virtual private networks, which give secure access to company networks for employees working away from their offices.