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Good start to year for our retailers as sales climb

By Margaret Canning

Published 10/02/2016

Glyn Roberts, the chief executive of the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association
Glyn Roberts, the chief executive of the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association

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".

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