DUBLIN'S retail sector has been given a massive boost, after the Irish capital was ranked one of the world's best shopping cities.
Readers of Conde Nast Traveller have voted Dublin in fifth place in a new poll of the planet's top 24 shopping destinations
Bustling Barcelona tops the rankings, with Philadelphia, Hong Kong and Chicago in second, third and fourth places respectively.
Exactly half of the shopping destinations in the prestigious list are cities in the US, while just eight are European.
But the Irish capital comes out ahead of more celebrated shopping Meccas like London, New York and Paris. The travel bible singles out the city centre's fashionable 'Creative Quarter' as a must-see, heaping praise on the area's eclectic mix of shops, cafes, galleries and restaurants.
Thomas Burke, director of Retail Ireland, the IBEC group which represents the Irish retail industry, said: "This endorsement is another positive news story for an industry which has only recently stabilised after bearing the full brunt of years in recession."