A store in Newry offers equal value to euros for its goods priced in sterling.  Photograph: AP Photos/Shawn Pogatchnik

Consumers in the North are holding on to their cash and appear less willing to spend it as rising inflation, cost of living pressures and Brexit worri(...)

The Victoria Shopping Center Belfast. Photograph: David Sleator

Retailers in the North are continuing to enjoy a steady influx of “astute shoppers” from the Republic, latest industry research suggests. However, thi(...)

One out of every seven retail premises in Northern Ireland is currently empty, according to new statistics which also show there was a further slump i(...)

 People in the North are believed to be less confident about their economic future, which is impacting on their spending power. Photograph: PA Wire

Shopper numbers in the North fell to “rock bottom” of the UK league table last month, posting the fastest decline in footfall on high streets. Even (...)

Although shopper footfall in Northern Ireland grew overall by 0.1 per cent during April, the number of people visiting high streets fell. Pictured: Derry.

There were more empty shops in Northern Ireland last month than in anywhere else in the UK as shoppers chose to visit shopping centres for their Easte(...)

Belfast city centre: The Northern Ireland Retail Consortium (NIRC) Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor records the third consecutive month of decline in shopper numbers in the North

Political and economic instability is impacting on consumer confidence in Northern Ireland. The latest retail statistics show another slump in the num(...)

CastleCourt, Belfast: shopper footfall grew by 4.6 per cent in the North last month. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Northern Ireland’s economy will do well to “avoid stagnation” in 2017 against a backdrop of political challenges at home and abroad, the chief economi(...)

A rise in the number of cross-border shoppers is benefitting Northern Ireland’s retailers. Photograph: iStock

Eager cross-border shoppers helped set tills ringing in the North last month according to the latest retail report which showed the biggest increase i(...)

 Victoria Shopping Centre in Belfast. Despite the reduction in shoppers, the town centre vacancy rate in the North  fell to 14.5 per cent last month. Photograph: David Sleator

Worries about Brexit may be dampening consumers’ enthusiasm to hit the shops in the North a leading trade body is warning as new figures show fewer pe(...)

 Paddy Malone from the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce  on Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co Louth. Photograph: Barry Cronin

A steady stream of people still cross the Border looking for bargains but the flow has been reversed: today it is shoppers from Northern Ireland who a(...)

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