Visits to stores and malls declined 2.5 percent in the week beginning Dec. 5 compared with a year earlier, Experian said in an e-mailed statement today. Shopper visits slumped 30 percent in Scotland on Dec. 8, when flooding disrupted transport.
Visits to retail parks, or out-of-town centers, rose 0.4 percent from a year earlier, though were down 2.2 percent on the previous week, Experian said. Cash-strapped Britons may wait until the “final few days” before Christmas to shop as they seek out last-minute bargains, the researcher said.
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