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Two weeks after a vow to end inequalities in retail, big stores still have it all their own way

Claire McNeilly


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No trade: Small retailers have pulled down the shutters, but many of the items they stock are being sold by larger chain stores

No trade: Small retailers have pulled down the shutters, but many of the items they stock are being sold by larger chain stores

No trade: Small retailers have pulled down the shutters, but many of the items they stock are being sold by larger chain stores

It is nearly two weeks since the First and Deputy First Ministers discussed ways of stopping the larger retailers selling 'non-essential' items during lockdown.

And what has changed in the meantime?

Well, absolutely nothing if my whistle stop tour of big Belfast supermarkets is anything to go by.


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