Last weekend's retail footfall down one per cent

Footfall on the key weekend of 10-11 December was 1.06 per cent down on the same weekend in 2010, according to retail analyst Experian.

During the 'biggest shopping weekend of the year' retailers faced pay freezes, the squeeze on household incomes and the eurozone crisis, plus severe winds of up to 165mph battering Scotland last Thursday, which resulted in heavy flooding and school closures.

Continuing bad weather throughout the week saw Saturday’s performance in Scotland decrease by 11.7 per cent against the same Saturday last year. In contrast, Saturday in London proved to be busier than last year, with a reported year-on-year increase on the day of 2.3 per cent.

Overall, performance is still better than November but retailers have been offering bigger discounts and are continuing to do so, in attempt to lure shoppers, says Experian.

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