Retailers have renewed calls for the government to provide the sector with greater financial support after footfall plunged during December.
Shopper numbers at destinations across the UK slumped 46.1% in the five weeks to January 2, according to BRC-ShopperTrak figures.
High streets were the worst performing location during the crucial month for retailers, with footfall tumbling 49.5% compared with the same period last year.
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