first_imgMOST retailers in Co Donegal reported a superb trading weekend – as people stay at home to shop this Christmas.Higher prices in the North and a falling euro against sterling has made the journey across the Border less attractive this year.And sales have also been boosted by relatively good weather. Last year temperatures had dropped to -15C! With milder weather for the week coming up to Christmas, retailers are confident that sales will be much higher than 2010.There has even been an influx of shoppers from the North back into the county with quite a few Derry cars in Letterkenny yesterday.Marie McKinney, 21, from the city told us: “The shops here have always been more varied than Derry but it just got too expensive the last few years.“But now we’re getting €1.20 for the pound it makes it much cheaper. The real reason for being here however are things you can get here that you can’t get in Derry.” Her friend Sharon McDaid agreed. “You wouldn’t go into Next in Letterkenny because we have that (in Derry). But we do go into other shops to look at clothes. After this we’re going to McElhinneys in Ballybofey because we love the clothes there! It’s a bit of a day out.”Whilst people are being more cautious this year with their spending there is little doubt that towns like Letterkenny, Ballybofey and Donegal Town are having a better Christmas this year.Car parks were packed over the weekend – and are expected to continue like that right up to Christmas Eve this Saturday.Stores are being cleverer too – offering huge discounts on a range of goods to attract Christmas shoppers.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com JINGLE ALL THE WAY FOR DONEGAL THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 19th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:christmas shoppingdonegallast_img read more