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Retail traffic down 3.1% in October

The number of non-food shopping trips in the UK fell by 3.1% in October, compared to the same month in 2007, and by 1.3% against September 2008.

According to Synovate Retail Performance, formerly SPSL, the figures which measure footfall, are worse than expected.

Dr Tim Denison of Synovate said: "The figures were slightly worse than our projected year-on-year drop of 2.9%, and signal a wretched month for retailers all across the country. Allowing for Easter adjustments, this is the first month since November 2006 that all regions across the UK have registered a year-on-year decline."

Shopper numbers in London and the south east fell by 3% against last October, the weakest performance of the year for the region.

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