Dublin City open for business says retailers

As snow and ice is clearing Dublin City retailers are expecting a shorter but more intensified shopping period in the weeks up to Christmas.

The Dublin Chamber of Commerce say up to €15 million could be spent today with no major snow fall expected for at least the next 2-3 days.

Main roads in the city are treated and most transport services are running, but some restrictions apply.

“Retailers will receive a boost on Saturday as the Christmas shopping season gets back into full swing,” said Gina Quin, chief executive of Dublin Chamber of Commerce. “Our members are looking forward to welcoming shoppers back into the city centre as the public looks to get over their cabin fever after staying indoors all week.”

She added: “Over the past two years there have been some changes in behaviour, with consumers less likely to make impulse purchases. We still expect people to buy big ticket items, so it will be a busy day with €15 million expected to be rung up on shop tills.”

Chamber of Commerce said that the Christmas shopping season is the busiest time of year for the retail sector with December accounting for as much as a fifth of revenue for retailers such as department stores, book sellers and electronics shops.

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