Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade has welcomed the news that many retailers have reported an uplift in business over Christmas and New Year in the city. The festive period started slowly for many with reports that it picked up significantly in the week leading up to the holidays and has continued to be steady in the sale period post-Christmas.
This increase in sales over the Christmas and New Year period is suggesting a positive turning point in consumer confidence after what have been a difficult year for members in the retail and service sectors.
We hope to see consumers get behind the Shop Local initiative in 2013 and support our traders through what is still a gloomy economy for many. .
With the challenges that lie ahead in 2013 for the Newry business community it is important to remember that shopping local and using local service providers will help secure local jobs and the overall local economy.
Cathal Austin, President of Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade said, ” In the year ahead, Newry Chamber will continue to lobby local, regional and national Government to implement initiatives that will assist the business community and provide investment opportunities in the Greater Newry Area. We look forward to a busy 2013 with optimism that the current economic situation will continue to improve. The late Christmas boost has shown that consumer confidence and stability is extremely important to maintain the vitality and economic future of our city.”
Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade will continue to support and assist members through 2013. The Chamber’s upcoming diary of events is filled with networking opportunities and business support initiatives for our members and wider business community. For further information about forthcoming events please log onto www.newrychamber.com