|Percentage of households who did cross border shopping||Total expenditure (€'000s) on cross border shopping|
The Cross Border Shopping survey was included in the General Household Survey (GHS) in the first quarter (January to March) of 2018. One member of each household answered questions on behalf of the household about travel to Northern Ireland in the previous 12 months and specifically about shopping in Northern Ireland. The questions on shopping in Northern Ireland focused on how much households spent and the frequency of shopping trips. Online purchases are not included.
The regional groupings in this release are presented on the basis of the old NUTS 3 or regional groupings, so Louth remains in the Border region for the purposes of this release.
Summary of main findings
Users should note that the survey instrument used to carry out the Cross-Border Shopping survey has changed since the survey was last carried out in Q2 2010, when it was carried out as a module of the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS). The Labour Force Survey (LFS) has now replaced the QNHS. With this change, surveys previously carried out as modules of the QNHS, are now carried out as part of the General Household Survey (GHS). This change has affected sample size. Achieved sample size for the Q1 2018 survey was 5,291 households. Further information is available in the Background Notes.