1. ITV Report

Boxing Day boost for retailers as footfall up 22.9%

Despite the cold conditions, thousands of shoppers have taken to high streets across Northern Ireland in search of post-Christmas bargains.

And after a difficult few months for retailers, official figures show Boxing Day footfall was up by over twenty per cent on last year.

Figures provided by retail experts Springboard show an increase of 22.9%, year-on-year, compared with a UK-wide fall of 4.5% compared to the same day in 2016.

Speaking on the lower volume of shoppers in Great Britain, Diane Wehrle, insights director at the company, said the impact of other discounting days, such as Black Friday, means the importance of Boxing Day as a key trading day for retailers has been diminished.

Northern Ireland shoppers appear to have bucked the trend, however, with high street and shopping centres performing well.