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West End October footfall defies national drop

Footfall in London's West End was down 0.8% in October, compared to the previous year. However, the figures defied the national average fall of 6.6%, according to The New West End Company.

Around 750,000 shoppers visited the West End last weekend, the first weekend since the Oxford Street and Regent Street lights were turned on. Footfall was up 11.6% for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday weekend, compared to the same weekend last year.

New West End Company chief executive Richard Dickinson: "Retailers reported a continued strong international presence but said UK domestic shoppers were also notably out in force, with gift selections selling respectable quantities."

The London Retail Consortium said yesterday that like-for-like sales in London were down 1.8% in October.

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