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Footfall up for first time this Xmas

Shopper numbers rose 13.63% yesterday against the same Monday last year, which was Christmas Eve.

According to Experian, which measures footfall, yesterday's figures signalled that shoppers were out in force buying last minute bargains.

Experian said in a statement: "With only two shopping days left, the number of people shopping may continue to rise, with savvy shoppers who have been waiting to get the best deal possible, grabbing those last minute bargains. Cash strapped consumers have really dictated what they want from retailers this year - waiting for further sales promotions and incentives to buy their gifts."

"Obviously this strong performance follows seven weeks of negative performance, so this final rally by consumers will be welcome relief for most retailers, but not sufficient to 'save the season' for some. This is the first day of the season (outside of 'super Thursday', with the combined 'Spectacular days' of the big department stores) where we have seen positive numbers."

Readers' comments (3)

  • Of course footfall was up !!!!! Experian should be shot, I guess they will be telling us sales are down in February compared to December!!! Talk about stating the obvious

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  • Footfall might be up... there is nothing else to do when you've been made redundant... spend is massively down though, this is our worst xmas in 35 years.

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  • I have actually just had my best december ever, it came late, however our street was packed with shoppers all with pockets full of cash. the credit crunch stories that the media has plagued everyone with has made our town come out in force to shop till they drop. Were we just lucky? who knows, but the brands we had were the ones people wanted and I think we may just be okay........ this month anyway!!!

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