Belfast Telegraph

Festive shoppers set tills a-ringing

By Donna Deeney

With just five shopping days to go until Christmas, traders in Derry are reporting high levels of spending, bringing a welcome boost to the local economy.

Several factors are thought to have played a part in this much-needed injection of cash, not least the mild weather that is in complete contrast to last year's sub-zero conditions.

An increase of 20% in the number of shoppers coming from the Republic has also contributed to the ringing tills and in the final countdown to Christmas this is expected to continue.

Foyleside Centre manager Fergal Rafferty told the North West Telegraph it recently welcomed the two millionth visitor to the centre.

He said: “Retailers have experienced week-on-week significant sales growth throughout December as we move towards the final week of shopping prior to Christmas.

“We are also experiencing significant increases of cross-border shoppers, especially on weekends and late nights, in order to avail of price differences of up to 20% on big ticket items.”

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