Toon tills not ringing quite as loudly

Tils were not ringing quite as loudly this year as the milder weather and downturn in the oil industry affected trade.
Tils were not ringing quite as loudly this year as the milder weather and downturn in the oil industry affected trade.

Toon shop-owners experienced a slight downturn in business this festive period with mild weather and job losses in the oil sector both blamed.

It also appears that many shoppers left it later this year to pick out their Christmas presents.

George Donald of clothes store Justrite on Queen Street, said: “Early December was quiet but then in the last few days it picked up. The last two or three years it has been the same.”

Mr Donald blamed the mild weather as shoppers were not yet in the holiday spirit.

Neil McFarlane, manager of jewellery store H. Samuel, felt intake was slightly down this year. He said: “It wasn’t as busy as last year, it was still pretty steady but not like last year.”

Mr McFarlane said the downturn was unexpected but believed job losses in the oil industry probably played a large part.

He added: “A lot of people are just being a lot more careful with their money.”

Another Peterhead shop manager, who wished to remain anonymous also stated that “business was pretty good but it wasn’t as busy as some years.”