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Dublin vs Newry: Staggering price differences reason shoppers coming north

Falling value of the pound will see even more people cross the border to shop

For years it has been common practice for shoppers to cross over the border from Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland to get the best deals.

And at Christmas the trend increases but as the pound continues to drop the influx of shoppers from the south will increase.

Great for businesses, even better for those shoppers.

And some of the price comparisons are simply staggering! Customers could save 30 percent on an Apple Macbook.

Currency exchange services providers looked at some of the prices of some of the goods most likely to be bought in the lead-up to Christmas, and collated the differences in the prices for those who bought them in the high street stores in Dublin, and the same items in Newry.

And it showed that customers could save in excess of 40 percent on the exact same item if bought in Newry.

Simon Phillips, the Retail Director for No1 Currency, said: “Going over the border to buy Christmas presents or do Christmas food shopping has become increasingly popular over the past number of years, and there are significant savings to be made for [Republic Of Ireland] consumers.”

“This Christmas, shoppers can take advantage of the steady weakness we have seen in sterling since the announcement of Brexit to make real savings at what can be a very expensive time of the year. Given that it is only an hour’s drive from Swords to Newry, a small investment of time can pay huge dividends to consumers.”

Here are the price differences they found on different products in different stores:

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