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Shoppers hit London as May Day temperatures soar

The May Day bank holiday saw one of the best trading periods since the start of the year, as better weather encouraged shoppers into the West End of London.

Footfall rose 19.2% over the three day break, accounting for more than £220m spent at the 1,000 businesses in the district. This was an increase of £20m on last year, as a result of British shoppers making the most of the long weekend and hottest temperatures so far in 2013.

Footfall in Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street alone was up 14.3% year-on-year.

Jace Tyrrell, spokesman for the New West End Company, said: “The increase in domestic visitors and the long-awaited sunshine has bolstered trade for retailers, theatres and restaurants. Shopping has obviously been thirsty work – more than 6,000 afternoon teas were sold in the West End on Saturday - and we’ve seen record footfall numbers across the whole of the West End.”


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