12% of shoppers to travel to the North for Christmas shopping

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One in four of Irish people are planning to leave the state to do their Christmas shopping.

That's a 300 per cent increase on last year.

A survey of 9 thousand members of motoring group the AA, found that 12 per cent were planning a trip to the north - while a further 5 per cent were heading to other parts of the UK.

The AA says the weakness of Sterling could account for the figures.

Meanwhile, New York was the pre-Christmas destination for one per cent of those surveyed.