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Sales on rise after dismal November


Shoppers in Corn Market, Belfast

Shoppers in Corn Market, Belfast

Shoppers in Corn Market, Belfast

Northern Ireland traders are hoping for a boost in sales in the final run up to Christmas after shopper numbers picked up for the first time in three months.

The latest figures are representative of an improving trading phase as they mark a 3.5% hike in footfall since October.

A new report from analysts Springboard and the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium (NIRC), published today showed an increase in people coming out to shop after a big drop in November.

The survey found footfall was down 6.3% last month compared with the same period last year.

The slump in shoppers here was more severe than in the rest of the UK where there was a less pronounced 2.9% reduction.

NIRC boss Aodhán Connolly said November's disappointing retail results were significantly worse than any other region.

"Footfall levels have seen some slight recovery compared against October, but that's small comfort when the drop is still so steep," he said.

"Retailers in Northern Ireland will hope footfall returns to more positive territory in December."

Belfast Telegraph