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Last-minute increase in shoppers

Shoppers in Birmingham
Shoppers may be finally hitting the High Streets

The number of shoppers on UK High Streets grew 13.63% on Monday, compared with the same Monday in 2007, according to information services firm Experian.

The figures are not directly comparable because the corresponding Monday in 2007 was Christmas Eve.

"Yesterday's figures signalled that shoppers were out in force buying last minute gifts and Christmas merchandise," Experian said.

The final weekend before Christmas saw High Street footfalls down by 8.7%.

"This strong performance follows seven weeks of negative performance, so this final rally by consumers will be welcome relief for most retailers, but not sufficient to 'save the season' for some," Experian added.

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