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Train Strikes Fail to Ruin Christmas for UK Retailers

Boxing Day sales shoppers in London.
Boxing Day sales shoppers in London.Photographer: Carlos Jasso/Bloomberg

UK shops enjoyed their best festive season since the start of the pandemic as visitor numbers held up despite widespread train strikes.

Foot traffic rose 15% compared with last December, according to data from the British Retail Consortium. Postal strikes meant shoppers visited stores at the last minute to buy gifts, it said.