Good start to year for our retailers as sales climb
January proved to be a good month for Northern Ireland's independent retailers, it has been claimed.
Glyn Roberts, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association, spoke as a nationwide survey revealed a lift in retail sales of 2.6% during January.
The upturn followed a 0.4% slump in December.
The survey did not contain figures specific to Northern Ireland, but Mr Roberts said: "Anecdotally we have picked up that a number of our members had a good January - despite this month usually being a black spot for the retail sector. Hopefully this will be a positive start to 2016 for the retail sector."
The latest British Retail Consortium-KPMG report showed like-for-like retail sales lifted 2.6% last month against a 0.4% fall in December, which the survey described as a "disappointing Christmas".