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.theguardian - 21 days ago

UK shoppers flock back to the stores as bumper retail weekend looms

Sales surge but footfall is still down markedly from pre-Covid pandemic levelShoppers are expected to flood to high streets and shopping centres in England and Wales this weekend after a bumper week, particularly for clothing and homewares sales, as people make the most of the reopening of non-essential stores.Visitors to high streets, retail parks and shopping malls rose by 90% from Monday to Thursday compared with the same days in the previous week, thanks to the reopening of non-essential stores as well as hospitality venues, according to the latest data from analysts at Springboard. However, numbers were still just over a quarter below that seen over the same week in 2019, before the pandemic hit. Continue reading...


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