Economy to score big during football finals
RETAILERS are expecting a €250m boost from Euro 2012 as fans get ready for a footballing feast from the boys in green.
Televisions, sports jerseys, football cards and takeaway food are all expected to be hot in demand, while fashion sales are also expected to fare well as bored women take to the malls to escape the football.
Some 55pc of retailers are expecting increased sales as a result of Ireland's participation in the Euros, according to a survey by industry group Retail Excellence Ireland.
Bookies are also expected to do well as football bets surge, while alcohol, barbecue meat and mobile phone credit are also likely to thrive.
Should Ireland get to the final an extra €18m boost would be likely, the survey found, with a third of retailers expecting a sales boost of over 9pc should that happy event come to pass.
Televisions sellers said that though it hadn't happened yet, they expected sales of widescreen and high definition TVs to surge in the next two weeks as fans got ready for kick-off.
Meanwhile, former international star Niall Quinn yesterday donated €5,000 from the Dublin Bus Community Spirit Initiative to help feed the poor and needy in the capital.
The former striker chatted with visitors and staff at Dublin's Capuchin Day Centre about Ireland's chances in Euro 2012, which he thinks are "pretty good".