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Black Friday: NI traders hope Executive’s mixed signals won’t deter bargain hunters

Traders’ concern as call for restraint follows scheme to spend local 

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Belfast City centre shopping on the run up to Christmas and the Black Friday deals. Picture Colm O'Reilly

Belfast City centre shopping on the run up to Christmas and the Black Friday deals. Picture Colm O'Reilly

Belfast City centre shooping on the run up to Christmas and the Black Friday deals. Picture Colm O'Reilly

Belfast City centre shooping on the run up to Christmas and the Black Friday deals. Picture Colm O'Reilly

Belfast City centre shooping on the run up to Christmas and the Black Friday deals. Picture Colm O'Reilly

Belfast City centre shooping on the run up to Christmas and the Black Friday deals. Picture Colm O'Reilly

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Belfast City centre shopping on the run up to Christmas and the Black Friday deals. Picture Colm O'Reilly

Retailers in Northern Ireland are hoping that recent mixed messages from Stormont won’t lead to a ‘Bleak Friday’ this year.

For many on the high street, the timing of the Executive’s latest guidance on coronavirus could not have been worse — coming so soon after the Spend Local card scheme which was aimed at getting shoppers back into stores.


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