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West End defies UK's March sales drop

Retail sales in London’s West End went up 2.4% year on year in March, according to figures from New West End Company, which represents 600 retailers on Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street.

NWEC’s figures show London’s shopping district outperformed the wider UK, which saw total sales drop 0.3% according to the British Retail Consortium. Like-for-likes fell 1.7% in the month.

Footfall in the West End also outperformed national average, up 4% in March, compared with a 1.8% increase nationally.

NWEC said it was boosted by an influx of domestic tourists, drawn by promotions and special activities.

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