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Boxing Day tube strike to further hamper London shoppers

The Boxing Day tube strike is set to be a further blow to London retailers after the snow seen in the capital this weekend.

Workers on the London underground are scheduled to strike on December 26 over plans to cut jobs. Stephen Robertson, director general of the British Retail Consortium, said this could be a “major blow” for retailers in London on one of the most important days of the year for shopping.

He added: “Retailers in London need a strong start to the post-Christmas sales. On the back of disruption caused by severe winter weather and student protests, they now face a difficult time in 2011 as VAT goes up and public sector cuts begin to take effect.

“Everyone involved in the tube drivers’ dispute needs to recognise the importance of London retailing and the damage disruption on this scale will cause.”

Heavy snow swept across London over the weekend on what was expected to be one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. Brent Cross shopping centre was forced to close at 1pm on Saturday afternoon after heavy snowfall.

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