Festive trade ‘encouraging’

Sinead McLaughlin.
Sinead McLaughlin.

Derry’s traders are hoping for a bumper Christmas, with encouraging signs in the lead up to the main shopping period.

The chief executive of the city’s Chamber of Commerce said an upsurge in spending was now expected over the next weeks, after after a busy start for many traders.

Sinead McLaughlin said that among the factors contributing to the Christmas buzz in the city centre were a raft of pre-Christmas bargains on offer, and people opting to buy in store as opposed to risking postal delays by shopping online so close to Christmas.

Ms McLaughlin said: “It has been an interesting start to the Christmas shopping period.

“The way Christmas is falling this year is going to be really good because people will still have the majority of next week to shop.

“There is a lot of promotions as well that are going to entice people in over the coming days.”

The Christmas shopping season got under way in earnest late last month, as Black Friday arrived with a bang, and saw people queuing for price-slashed bargains .

Ms McLaughlin said that many traders were continuing to offer knock down prices in the lead-up to the festive period.

”This is now the time to make hay while the sun shines and even some of the independent traders are noticing a difference this year, although this is not the story everywhere.”