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Firms battle for top retail title

BOOKSHOPS, clothes retailers and garden centres are among the finalists for Retail Excellence Ireland's (REI) company of the year award.

Dublin Airport's The Loop shopping centre, New Look and Eason's have made it to the top of the list.

They will face competition from the Carphone Warehouse, garden and home centre Arboretum Lifestyle & Garden Centre, B&Q as well as petrol stations Topaz and Applegreen, pharmacies DocMorris, Cara and giant McDonald's Ireland.

All finalists will be interviewed by a judging panel on September 26. The overall winner will be announced at the REI Awards on November 3.