Shops geared for weekend blitz

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Shop tills across Derry are expected to go into overdrive as the final shopping weekend before Christmas arrives.

Despite the ongoing financial chill, retailers are expecting a real surge in trade this weekend as the last minute buyers hit the streets.

City Centre Initiative Manager Jim Roddy says there’s been a great atmosphere in Derry’s retail districts in the past few weeks.

“I’ve been hearing some very positive feedback from retailers, despite the economic climate,” he said.

“There has been a lot of effort put in this year by all the partners and agencies involved to ensure the city is putting its best foot forward... As a city, Derry can’t be beat.”