High Street suffers as shopper numbers fall

Despite a temporary boost in Christmas sales the number of shoppers fell by 1.2 per cent in December 2012 when compared to December 2011, according to the British Retail Consortium.

The decline in custom is another symptom of the problems that afflict high street retailers, which also comprises of competition from online stores such as Amazon and has recently led to a string of high profile administrations that includes established firms like HMV, Jessops and the UK arm of Blockbuster

In addition, figures released by the Office for National Statistics added to the gloom as they exposed a worse-than-estimated 0.1 per cent drop in sales volumes month-on-month in December.

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