In Dublin, Waterford, Galway and Cork people are shopping with care, however traders are expecting to do well in the run up to Christmas.
While the streets of Dublin are packed with Christmas shoppers, the department stores are complaining that people are waiting longer to do their Christmas shopping and then shopping around for the best buys. The shops are also losing out from people travelling to Northern Ireland to avail of cheaper prices. One store says it is selling half the amount of toys that it did in 1982.
Tens of millions of pounds are being lost to the north year upon year.
General manager of Clerys department store Tom Rea agrees that shoppers are being more careful with their money and are opting to buy practical rather than luxury items.
The money obviously is being well spent and carefully thought out.
He is also concerned about the loss of revenue due to cross boarder shopping. However in Santa’s grotto at Clerys, it is business as usual.
In Waterford the city is recovering from the Clover Meats closure, but retailers say spending is as good as ever in the run up to Christmas. It is generally agreed that money is being spent more wisely and presents are practical.
Galway is still waiting for the Christmas spending spree to get going and traders are not expecting to match the takings made in 1983. Money for luxury goods seems to be in short supply and food and drink will account for most of the money spent in the run up to Christmas.
Meanwhile in Cork, festive shopping is a test of the financial stability of the city. Here too people are shopping with great care and traders are offering bargains in a bid to get them spending. Ultimately the traders are expecting to do well and are confident it will be a good Christmas.
This year there’s more poverty than ever in Cork but the people of the city have responded with tremendous support helping the local charities.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 December 1984. The reporters are Alan McCullough (Dublin), Michael Ryan (Waterford), Jim Fahy (Galway) and Tom MacSweeney (Cork).