Shoppers spent €418m in cross-border shopping trips
Cross-border shoppers spent €418m in the North over the last year, it emerged today.
Official figures revealed 14pc of households made at least one shopping trip to the North in the 12 months up to the end of June, handing over an average €274 on their most recent visit.
Household goods remained the most common buy, with 77pc of visitors purchasing groceries, followed by alcohol (44pc) and clothing (40pc). A quarter bought cosmetics.
While the frequency of shopping trips to the North rose to an average of 8.6 in the year, up from 6.7 in the previous period, the proportion of households in Dublin heading to the north fell from 21pc to 15pc.
The data was released in the Central Statistics Office (CSO) quarterly national household survey on cross-border shopping.
The drinks industry previously called on the Government to cut the VAT rate in the upcoming budget to increase competition with the north, while retailers want a 20pc cut in commercial rates in 2011.