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Christmas spend dip predicted

IRISH festive spending will drop by almost 2pc, new research from Deloitte has found.

However, despite the fall, Irish shoppers will be one of Europe's biggest festive spenders.

The findings show that the average spend per household in Ireland, excluding any spend on travelling, will be €894.

The majority of Irish Christmas budgets will go on gifts, followed by food and socialising, the research showed.