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 –