MOST shops plan to open on St Patrick's Day in a bid to boost sales over the bank holiday weekend.
A new survey by Retail Ireland, the IBEC group that represents the retail sector, shows that shopping centres and 70pc of businesses will open on Saturday.
The fact that St Patrick's Day is on Saturday, which is usually the busiest shopping day of the week, and because it falls the day before Mother's Day has encouraged many retailers to open.
Group director Stephen Lynham said after a poor start to 2012, retailers especially those in the hardware and DIY sectors, are hoping for a boost in sales this weekend.
Retail Ireland is calling for the Government to review VAT returns at the end of this month, and if its targets are not met, to reverse the 2pc increase in the tax.