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Consumer Traffic Declines As Omicron Cases Surge In UK

Consumer Traffic Declines As Omicron Cases Surge In UK

The traffic at High street and shopping centers is declining ahead of the biggest shopping weekend of the calendar.

Central London footfall dropped 20% on prompting forecasts of a “muted” end to a turbulent year.

Visits to high streets around the UK on were down 2.7% on the previous week’s figure, while visits to shopping centres had fallen by 2.6%.

In London, where Omicron cases have surged, a 21.3% drop in footfall to central districts was reported.

The New West End Company, which represents retailers and business around Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street, said footfall there was down by 7% year-on-year and 32% below the same day in 2019.

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