Cross border shopping – the stats

RTE report on some interesting figures from the CSO.

Irish shoppers spent almost €500m shopping in Northern Ireland from the end of June 2008 to the end of June this year.

According to new figures from the Central Statistics Office, some one-in-six Irish households (16%) made at least one shopping trip to Northern Ireland over that 12 month period.

Much lower than previous estimates then. Just under half the spend is on groceries –

The cross-border shoppers surveyed said they had spent an average of €286 on their most recent trip to Northern Ireland, with most of that – €114 – being spent on groceries.

Meanwhile, on the Republic of Telly –

No bio, some books worth reading – The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves – Matt Ridley .

Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance -Nouriel Roubini, Stephen Mihm