Shoppers Go Local in 'Big Freeze'

SHOPPERS across the county are carefully watching their pockets this Christmas, but one of the positive spin offs from the recent cold snap is that more people are opting to shop local rather than travel to Dublin or Cork.

SHOPPERS across the county are carefully watching their pockets this Christmas, but one of the positive spin offs from the recent cold snap is that more people are opting to shop local rather than travel to Dublin or Cork.

While Chambers of Commerce in most of Tipperary's major towns are reporting a slight drop in business on last year, many traders have seen local people support Tipperary retailers instead of making the long and hazardous journey to the cities.

Profits are down by about 10% in Thurles compared to the same period last year, said Austin Broderick, a spokesperson for Thurles Chamber of Commerce. "The freeze up at the moment is helping people to stay local," said Mr Broderick. "There seems to be fair amount of money still being spent even though there's a recession on."

Still, concerns about the impact of the budget in January, combined with the burden of debt hanging over the national finances, have hit consumer confidence. Mr Broderick said people were not impulse buying as in previous years.

Full story in this week's Tipperary Star.