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Southern shoppers spend 435m euros in NI in a year

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Shoppers from the Irish Republic spent 435m euros north of the border in the year to June, a survey has indicated.

Figures released by the Irish Central Statistics Office suggest that one-in-six Irish households went on a northern shopping trip during that time.

Two out of five households shopping in Northern Ireland are from the border area, while one-in-five is from Dublin.

Those surveyed said they had spent an average of 286 euros, with 114 euros of that being spent on groceries.

It is the first time the Central Statistics Office, based in Cork, has surveyed households about their cross-border shopping habits.

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