COMPARISON OF TRADE DONE IN CERTAIN DRAPERY SHOPS ON SATURDAY AS COMPARED WITH BALANCE OF WEEK.
The query of the Committee on this matter was as follows:—
The Committee wish to have information as regards takings per week and per day in representative shops, included in the Irish Drapers’ Out-fitter and Boot Trades’ Association, in three distinct parts of the city, for example (1) one in Talbot Street, in a shop employing more than ten assistants, (2) one in Camden Street, employing about five assistants, and (3) one in Thomas Street, employing one or none. The information should cover the second weeks in September, October and November, in the years 1923 and 1924. The names of the shops selected need not be given. This information is required in connection with the statement made to the Committee by Mr. Calvert that fifty per cent. of the business of small drapers takes place on Saturday, and fifty per cent. of Saturday’s trade between the hours of 6.30 p.m. and 9 p.m.(See Q. 1076.)
3 St. Andrew Street,
19th January, 1926.
Clerk of the Committee in charge of the Shop Hours
(Drapery Trades, Dublin and District) (Amendment) Bill, 1925,
Leinster House, Dublin.
Re Shop Hours (Drapery Trades, Dublin and District) (Amendment) Bill, 1925.
With regard to the evidence already given by Mr. Calvert that 50 per cent. of the week’s trade is done on Saturday, and 50 per cent. of the Saturday’s trade is done between the hours of 6 and 9 o’clock, Mr. Johnson requested that evidence be given with regard to trading of shops in certain areas during the second weeks of September, October and November, 1923 and 1924, and that the shops in question should have a range of 3 to 15 assistants. To carry out this, we instruct Mr. McNally, of Messrs. MacNally & Company, Corporate Accountants, to inspect five shops in the different areas, which he did, and we enclose you herewith a précis of his evidence.
Mr. McNally will be in attendance.
(Signed) CORRIGAN & CORRIGAN.
McNally & Co.,
Auditors and Accountants.
12/14 College Green,
19th January, 1926.
Messrs. Corrigan & Corrigan,
3 St. Andrew Street, Dublin.
As per your instruction we inspected the books in a number of shops, and append you herewith the result.
The shops in particular areas are referred to by distinguishing letters, as A, B, C, D, E, as it is obviously undesirable that the identity of the individual traders should be disclosed. Our Mr. McNally will vouch for the accuracy of the returns, and any member of the Committee who so desires is invited to inspect these records in strict confidence so as to satisfy himself. All details as to the shops to which the figures apply will be in our Mr. McNally’s possession.
McNALLY & CO.
Analysis of Saturdays’ Takings on the 2nd week of Months as under: