Belfast Telegraph

Quarter of Republic's shoppers set sights on Northern Ireland

By Staff Reporter

Nearly 25% of shoppers living in the Republic plan to do their shopping in Northern Ireland to take advantage of the weaker pound, according to a survey.

The research by business and credit risk analyst Vision-net.ie also revealed that just under half would be making the journey northwards for the first time.

Vision-net.ie said its findings suggest that those aged 25 to 34 are most likely to make the journey to Northern Ireland.

Sterling has lost nearly a fifth of its value against the euro since the UK voted to leave the EU on June 23 - making goods priced in pounds good value for visitors from the eurozone.

An online forum called Northern Ireland Bargain Alerts on Boards.ie has almost 4,000 replies on its most viewed thread, Shopping in Northern Ireland.

Tips include using cooler bags to transport frozen goods from Newry and changing currency in the Republic to avoid transaction fees.

Shoppers who'd travelled to Newry, Co Down from the Republic last month told the Belfast Telegraph that they were saving up to €300 by coming to Northern Ireland.

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