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The Cost of Running Retail Operations in Ireland



Subject Keywords: Forfás have examined the comparative costs of running retail operations in a number of cities in Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: All-island

The purpose of this study is to examine the composition of retail business costs in Ireland and to determine how their cost base compares with retailers in other countries. The approach adopted for the review was to:

1) Examine in detail the composition of costs for a number of types of retailers in Ireland and prepare cost profiles for each retail format;

2) Benchmark relevant unit cost data (e.g. labour, property, utilities, etc) for the following cities:

  • Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway;
  • Belfast;
  • London and Manchester; and,
  • Maastricht.

3) Aggregate the retail profiles and unit cost data to develop an assessment of the relative costs of operating various retail case study formats in each of the above locations.



Rights: © Forfas
Suggested citation:

Forfas. (2008) The Cost of Running Retail Operations in Ireland [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 19th September 2019].


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