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An election in the run up to Christmas will damage the retail market, a leading business figure has said.

Entrepreneur Gavan Wall, a member of the Retail NI Board, said the fevered campaigning likely to happen in the run up to a Westminster election, coupled with a day of polling, will act as a distraction to retailers and shoppers at the busiest time of Northern Ireland’s shopping calendar.

Plans for a digital learning centre to convert the former home of the iconic Beach nightclub into a digital learning centre have been submitted to Belfast City Council.

The application, submitted by planning agency Turley on behalf of The Odyssey Property Company, is the third project put forward since a £17m redevelopment of the centre was announced earlier this month.

Consumer confidence in Northern Ireland fell again in the third quarter of 2019 thanks to Brexit uncertainty and the continued absence of an Executive, according to new research.

A quarter of people felt their financial position had deteriorated over the past 12 months, while 20% felt it had improved.

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