Independent retailer Valerie says economic conditions for business owners are worse now than they were during the Troubles

Jul 23, 2012, 08:47 AM, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Everywhere you look, there seems to be more bad news for our retailers Stores bringing down the shutters, town centres under massive pressure, business bodies issuing dire warnings. It's now been announced that furniture retailer Fultons Fine Furnishings has been placed into administration. The company is based in Lurgan but is best known for its big showroom on Belfast's Boucher Road. Today's Belfast Telegraph has more bleak news. It is estimated that Northern Ireland has suffered a £270m slump in cross-border shopping income. Caller Valerie has been an independent retialer for over 40 years in Belfast and says times now are worse for shop owners than they were in the Troubles #bbcnolan #creditcrunch #retail