UK retailers are braced for a subdued run-up to Christmas as the combined cold weather and rail strikes saw footfall to retail destinations drop last week.
The last full weekend before Christmas is traditionally a period of strong in-store trading for UK retailers, as customers rush to stock up on food and last-minute gifts for the day. While this year’s Christmas day falls on a Sunday, the combined pressures of cold weather, ongoing strike action and tough economic conditions meant footfall fell below expectations last weekend.
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