Shop-keepers have suggested that sales this Christmas period were the best in five years.
I had noticed the same thing myself. I did my Christmas shopping over this weekend and was really surprised at the amount of business being done. It was on a scale I had not seen in a number of years. I went to a restaurant last night and was surprised to find that it quickly filled up. I haven't seen full restaurants for quite a while.
A lot of businesses stayed open long after normal closing time last night in Dublin. I was able to go into one shop at 7pm though it was supposed to close at six, and at 7pm there were queues at the tills. The same thing happened in a bookshop where the manager said they planned to stay open as long as the crowds kept flocking in - and they did.
Toy shops had long queues and lots of items entirely sold out. That was not the case on the same day last year when I was in there.
The bus this evening at 7pm was full of shoppers with bags.
Is the same happening in rural towns as has been happening in Dublin?
I am rather surprised at the sudden high level of buying this Christmas. It suggests a growth in consumer confidence.