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Two-thirds to ring in New Year at home

By Vicky Shaw

Nearly two-thirds of people are planning to celebrate the New Year in the comfort of their own home, research suggests.

And people in Northern Ireland ringing in the New Year later are among the lowest UK spenders, forking out £40 on food, drink, clothing and, for those venturing out, travel costs.

That is £7 lower than the UK average. The £47 average is itself £3 less than last year's figures.

Some 62% of British adults surveyed for Post Office Home Insurance expect to have a night in tonight, equating to 31 million people staying indoors as the clock chimes midnight across the UK.

The survey of more than 2,000 people found that 14% will be at home alone on the last night of 2014.

One in four (25%) people surveyed will have a night in with their partner, 23% will be staying with family and 6% will be hosting a dinner or a party with friends.

The number of people estimated to be seeing in the New Year from their own sofa is about 1.5 million higher than when similar research was carried out a year ago.

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