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West End retail sales up 3.8% in December

Retail sales in London’s West End increased 3.8% year-on-year in December, as post-Christmas Sales pulled in shoppers.

The New West End Company - which represents 600 retailers on Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street - said the sales rise was “welcome” in light of the severe weather.

The 3.8% rise compares with a 1.5% increase in total sales across the UK last month, according to British Retail Consortium figures.

New West End Company chief executive Richard Dickinson said: “After the snow, retailers benefited from a surge of shoppers during the final crucial days in the run up to Christmas. Later, as a result of the sales, the West End saw huge volumes of shoppers descend towards the end of the month providing a welcome end of year lift.”

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