Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the retail today has published their third quarter Retail Ireland Monitor.

The survey of over 14,000 shoppers revealed about half (46.9%) hope to get most of their Christmas shopping done in November.

It is expected the core retail sales for December 2015 to reach €4.05 billion, up by 3.5% over 2014.

Strengthening momentum means that consumer spending growth will top 3.1% in the full year of 2015 versus last year Personal consumption expenditure on core retail goods during December will be equivalent to about €2,450 per household, approximately €600 more spending per household than in any other month of the year.

Retail Ireland says that the weak euro is also attracting more tourists, with Dublin city centre outlets in particular benefitting from foreign shoppers.

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