Fewer shoppers at Victoria Square
Published 23/12/2010 | 16:32
Northern Ireland's biggest shopping centre has reported disappointing figures on what was expected to be the busiest Christmas shopping day.
Hugh Black, manager of Victoria Square shopping centre in Belfast, said visitor numbers were down by about 10%.
Some of the new year sales started on Thursday, but most will not begin until Boxing Day.
Mr Black said: "The weather has had a major impact. It had a serious effect towards the end of last week and we thought some of the shops might have been busier. A lot of people just didn't make it.
"You only have to look at the bars and restaurants to see how their numbers were decimated.
"A majority of the shops are reporting that less money is being spent compared to last year, but with an extra day's shopping, some of them are hoping to match the 2009 figures."