Retailers report subdued Christmas spend as footfall plummets

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Retailers registered tough trading during December as footfall declined throughout the crucial post-Christmas period.

Footfall fell across all UK locations by an average of 4% from December 26 to January 1, according to the latest data from Springboard.

High street footfall was the worst hit, plunging 11.3% on Boxing Day, with a more modest decline of 3.6% on December 27.

Retail parks and shopping centres recorded 4.2% and 7.4% declines in footfall respectively on Boxing Day.

Some of London’s busiest streets even failed to attract more customers during the same week.

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