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U.K. Shopper Numbers Fall as Snow Deters Visits, Telegraph Says

The number of shoppers hitting stores in the U.K. dropped by 22 percent last week as snow delayed people from making purchases for Christmas, the Sunday Telegraph reported, citing data from Synovate Retail Performance.

The number of shoppers in Yorkshire and Humberside fell by 42 percent from Monday through Thursday, compared with the same week last year, the newspaper said. Volumes slid by 36 percent in Scotland, were down 18 percent in London and visits to regional shopping centers fell by 33 percent, costing retailers tens of millions of pounds in lost sales, the Telegraph said.

Synovate counts shoppers using electronic sensors in 5,500 stores in the country, the newspaper said.

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