Consumer mood brightens as Christmas nears and Brexit blues fade for now

Bank of Ireland reports sentiment rise as AIB predicts Black Friday mobile pay surge

People walking  past a shopfront   advertising Black Friday discounts. Photograph:  Rob Stothard/Getty Images

People walking past a shopfront advertising Black Friday discounts. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Consumer sentiment “bounced” this month, leaving retailers poised to benefit from more upbeat levels of spending this Christmas, according to the latest economic snapshot from Bank of Ireland.

The bank’s Economic Pulse report found that the relatively uneventful passing of the Halloween Brexit deadline contributed to the first rise in consumer confidence since June.

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