Shoppers spend €810m in North
CONSUMERS from the Republic splashed out €810m on shopping trips in the North last year.
The exodus to the North soared by 25pc in 2009, accounting for 3.5pc of the total retail market.
Some 10pc of the Republic's off-licence business moved north last year, despite attempts by Finance Minister Brian Lenihan to stem the tide of shoppers driving across the Border by slashing excise duty in the last Budget.
The findings are contained in a report by the UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School, using data from Retail Ireland.