Significant rise in Northern Ireland footfall as shopper confidence returns
Northern Ireland's high streets have bounced back due to renewed confidence post-Brexit and an increasing number of families having staycations.
Footfall increased by 2.5% in August, after a small rise of 0.5% a month earlier.
According to retail analyst Donald McFetridge, last month also saw a "back-to-school spending peak" that could have fuelled the increase. Aodhan Connolly of the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium said while footfall figures are better than the UK average, "we cannot become complacent".
The economy here will grow by 1% this year due to "Brexit-related uncertainty", according to a report. Chief economist Angela McGowan said: "We stress that uncertainty surrounding our forecasts is higher than usual as the Brexit withdrawal negotiations are only set to begin."