|Quoting OA260 (Reply 48):|
If I lived in Cork or South Of Dublin Id be really miffed.
But we have Aldi and Lidl here! None where I live, unfortunately, and the nearest is 8 km away, and the prices are up to 50 per cent cheaper than the larger multiples (and sometimes even more). Yet those larger stores are still the dominant retailers. So that says a lot about the country in 2010: even though we're experiencing the biggest recession in our history, the majority of people still shop in the dearer supermarkets, although the Germans have made inroads over the last few years.
I was in the UK a couple of weeks ago and was surprised that things weren't the bargain I was expecting. I bought a watch in a 30%-off sale and two pairs of trousers in the duty free Timberland outlet in LHR. Maybe the exchange rate has been overhyped, but I was expecting to come home laden with bargains.