Bargain hunters ensure strong start to post-Christmas sales

Local people have been stocking up on sales items with reports of brisk trade among large retailers in the city centre and other areas at Crescent Link. (Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)
Local people have been stocking up on sales items with reports of brisk trade among large retailers in the city centre and other areas at Crescent Link. (Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

Bargain huntershave ensured a brisk response to the post-Christmas sales in Derry as prices are slashed across the city.

Some stores are reporting that trade has remained bouyant from the fortnight before Christmas and carried on right through to St. Stephen’s Day and beyond.

Reports incdicate that many tradrers operating in the city centre and those at Crescent Link Retail Park have been benefiting from an increase in footfall over recent days.

Fergal Rafferty, Centre Manager at Foyleside Shopping Centre, told the ‘Journal:’

“Foyleside had an excellent pre-Christmas trading period with an exceptional last minute sales spurt on Christmas Eve with an increase of 3% on footfall over last year on the week. This trend has continued post Christmas as shoppers continue to flood into the centre to avail of heavy discounting with almost all shops in full sales mode and looks likely to continue as it has continued to be extremely busy Monday and Tuesday as January sales continue through the next few weeks.”

City Centre Manager, Jim Roddy, said it has been a mixed picture for a lot of other retailers across the city centre, with some reporting a less bouyant pre-Christmas sales.

Mr Roddy said: “In the lead up to Christmas the first number of weeks were very slow and people couldn’t see it happening at all.

“There were reports of a bouyant trade across the border in Letterkenny and obviously the weak euro played a part in attracting people to shop there. From talking to counterparts in other border areas that seems to been the fashionable thing to do. Then the euro got a bit stronger and that and possibly a mix of the schools being off and people deciding to shop in town reuslte din the last week and a half to two weeks pick up and some traders have reported they did fairly well, particuarly more high end retailers, during this period.”