U.K. Holiday Shopping Visits Hurt by Bad Weather, Experian Says

U.K. store visits fell last week as severe winds and flooding restricted holiday shopping trips in Scotland and northern England, researcher Experian Plc said.

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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