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John Lewis: NI Executive must decide says Peter Robinson

1 February 2013 Last updated at 20:07 GMT

The controversy surrounding the planned John Lewis store at Sprucefield is now a matter for the Stomont Executive, the first minister has said.

Peter Robinson was responding to news that the developers behind the plan have withdrawn a planning application.

It follows a decision by Environment Minister Alex Attwood to limit the type of goods sold at the store to bulky items such as furniture or white goods.

Mr Robinson accused Mr Atwood of using a "Belfast First" policy.

BBC Newsline's Business and Economics Editor Jim Fitzpatrick reports.