Although a bus strike is inconvenient and bad for business Christmas shopping is brisk in Dublin city centre.
As Christmas shopping fever grips the country, the Central Bank estimates there is £1 billion in circulation. While there is no shortage of money, there is a shortage in buses. A Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) bus strike over a driver only system is having an affect on some Dublin city centre businesses.
In spite of the inconvenience shoppers are out in force and trade is reasonably brisk. However Dublin department stores, Clerys, Arnotts, Brown Thomas and Switzers say the bus dispute is losing them some business.
Late night shopping is also being affected as people are worried about getting home and being stranded in town with heavy shopping bags.
Businesses are encouraged by the fact that shoppers seem to be staying at home rather than travelling to Northern Ireland. There is also an improvement in the sale of toys and electrical goods. This is attributed to the reduction in excise duties. Nevertheless,
With 10 shopping days left, the Christmas shopping spree could yet be a bumper one.
The shopping rush is expected right up until Christmas Eve.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 December 1985.