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Penalty try earns victory in Italy See P2-3

Monday, November 19, 2012

ON THE CHARGE: Ulsters Nick Williams takes on the Zebre defence during yesterdays PRO12 clash
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IRISH LEAGUE:
Cliftonville blitz Ballymena while champions falter

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Ulster leave it late in Italy


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MOTORCYCLING:
Rutter claims eighth Macau Grand Prix win

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Rathlin pauses to remember


Adrian Millar from Coleraine sounds the Last Post as Standard Bearer Dermot Dallas from the Ballycastle branch of the Royal British Legion looks on during the Rathlin Island Remembrance Day service yesterday. Royal British Legion members from across the Province joined organisers Ballycastle RBL for the Service of Remembrance, held at St Thomas Church of Ireland on Rathlin Island
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BOXING:
Magee camp dismiss Carl Frochs calls for Kessler rematch

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Christmas life or death for traders


BY PHILIP BRADFIELD
p.bradfield@newsletter.co.uk

Celebrations as city lights up for Christmas


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IT will be a life or death Christmas for many small traders this year, it has been claimed, with Northern Ireland now having almost twice the national average for vacant shops. The warning came last night

from the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) after a survey showed that 20 per cent of shops across the Province are vacant by far the worst figures in the UK. NIIRTA chief executive Glyn Roberts said: It is life or death for a lot of small shops in the run-

up to Christmas this year come January, many of them may not be there. He said the retail sector in Northern Ireland is the largest part of our economy in terms of private sector employment and turnover. Yet in the last two years we have lost 2,000 shops and a

number of medium-sized chainstores as well, he added. He has both short-term and longer-term proposals to address the decline. This year he is calling on shoppers to spend a little bit more in the smaller independent stores such as grocers, butchers and chemists. Turn to page 4

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