Carphone Warehouse and Harvey Norman link-up to create 80 jobs
Eighty new jobs have been promised across the country after Carphone Warehouse and Harvey Norman cemented a retail partnership.
Carphone Warehouse has been trialling an outlet in a Harvey Norman outlet in north county Dublin since last year.
Following its success, a further 11 Carphone Warehouse outlets will open in Harvey Norman stores across the country.
The first two will open at a Harvey Norman outlet in Blanchardstown and another on the southside of the city. The rollout will continue until November. Further in-store Carphone Warehouse outlets will then open across the country, in locations such as Cork, Waterford, Tralee, Drogheda and Castlebar. Harvey Norman's general manager of its computer division, Tim Hannon, said the partnership with Carphone Warehouse was an "obvious one" for the retailer.
The rollout will bring to 91 the total number of Carphone Warehouse outlets around the country. Both Harvey Norman and Carphone Warehouse have been struggling in Ireland.
The latest set of publicly available accounts for Carphone Warehouse's Irish arm show that its pre-tax losses rose to €7.5m in the 12 months to the end of March 2012, from €4.6m a year earlier. Its revenue rose to €108.7m from €103.4m.
Harvey Norman's Irish arm made a loss of A£30.5m (€20.6m) in the 12 months to the end of June, down from A$34m (€23m) a year earlier. Its revenue rose 1.9pc to €137.5m and was 5.5pc higher on a like-for-like basis.