Sunday 25 June 2017

John Mulligan: Make-or-break days for retailers but tide seems to be turning

John Mulligan

John Mulligan

THIS weekend, there will be retailers across the country praying for a Christmas miracle. They might just get it.

As shoppers flock to high streets and malls all over Ireland today to snap up last-minute gifts, most of them will be oblivious to the fact that they're helping to turn the tide for a business sector that's suffered horrendously since the downturn began.

In fact, today will be the busiest day for retail sales here – not just for this year, but in any time over the past five years, according to David Fitzsimons, the head of industry group Retail Excellence Ireland.

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