Shopper numbers down due to snowfall

| January 11, 2010 | 0 Comments
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Research company Synovate has revealed that the recent heavy snowfall is having a major affect on the number of people visiting the High Street.

The UK has been hit by the worst weather in 30 years and on Sunday 10 January, overall shopper numbers in non-food stores in the UK were down 14% compared with the equivalent Sunday in 2009, said Synovate, with the worst affected regions being southern England and Wales.

Commenting on the figures, Richard Dodd from the British Retail Consortium believes that the snow will not be too much of a problem for retailers. He said: “Clearly the footfall figures are not good news but while people are going shopping less often, they’re spending more on essentials on each visit.

“People might not have gone out to buy the new furniture or TV that they wanted, but are likely to go and buy that in the next few weeks anyway,” adds Mr Dodd.

The fall in shopper numbers for January to date comes as retailers including Peacocks, Poundland, Co-op, M&S, Next, John Lewis and House of Fraser all reported bumper Christmas sales.

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