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We all need to support our local industries

I wholeheartedly agree with your editorial (Comment, September 11) regarding the plight of our local High Street traders versus the multiples and out-of-town shopping centres.

The problem is more complex than the customer looking for how much they can buy with their available income.

How many shoppers look for the country of origin of goods they are buying? Do they look for products made in Northern Ireland first, then the Republic, United Kingdom and Europe in that order? My guess is that they will find few products, apart from perishables, are from within Europe.

I make a point of checking the country of origin of goods before I buy and find that nearly everything is from the Far East.

Marks and Spencer, at one time, had the logo "90% of our goods are British-made" on their bags. This no longer applies. I can no longer find Clarks shoes made in the UK - any I have looked at are from the Far East.

We cannot continue importing all our needs. The Government should introduce a tax on goods from outside Europe as an incentive for manufacturers to have production within Europe, providing much-needed employment.

HUGH MORROW

Newtownards, Co Down

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