EARLY INDICATIONS are that retailers in Fingal are seeing an upsurge in business in the winter sales compared to last year.According to the chief executive of Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Tony Lambert, the retail sector is seeing 'increased activity' in the postChristmas sales. He told the Fingal Independent: 'We were certainly looking forward to increased activity this year and would welcome any increase in sales to support the large range of retail units in Fingal both in the main streets in the towns and villages and our three main shopping centres in Swords, Balbriggan and Blanchardstown.' Mr Lambert said that early indications were that that there had been increased retail sales in the county since the sales kicked off on St Stephen's Day and he put it down to a small but noticeable improvement in the economy. 'I think generally there is an improvement in the economic climate in the country, however small, it's an improvement. With the Budget cleared early in December it allowed people to plan to spend what money they had and buy what they needed.' But the chamber chief executive wants the Budget to be held earlier in the year to help retailers perform better in the run-up to Christmas. He said he the chamber is backing calls for the Budget to be moved forward in the calendar to October and said he would be campaigning for that change to be implemented in 2013.