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The High Street



The UK remains in economic decline according to figures announced on Friday, and businesses on many High Streets are still feeling the pinch. A year after first visiting Southampton's Shirley High Street, we return to ask our team of shopkeepers about their mood.

THE HIGH STREET: BUSINESS OUTLOOK
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Shop Jan 09 Oct 09 October outlook
Greengrocer
Phil Rolf
Phil Roth greengrocer
Umbrella - pessimistic Umbrella - pessimistic "People might think things are better now because shops are taking on more staff for Christmas…after Christmas it will be a different story."
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Butcher
Jamie Mills
Butcher Jamie Mills
Umbrella - pessimistic Sun - optimistic "At the start, trade did go down a bit but it's picked up again now, and we're doing quite well, can't really grumble."
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Charity
Debbie Neary
Debbie Neary, charity shop
Sun - optimistic Sun - optimistic "We’re 14% up on this time last year. People are looking for bargains because of the economic climate."
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Discount store
Peter Gallagher
Peter Gallagher, discount store
Sun - optimistic Sun appearing behind a cloud - neutral "We've had more opposition so we've had to raise our game. We've had to up the quality of our goods while trying to hold the price down."
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Estate agent
Steve Jones
Estate agent Steve Jones
Sun - optimistic Sun appearing behind a cloud - neutral "Business is still very tough, the last 18 months have been very difficult for us, but thankfully we are seeing signs that the market is recovering."
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Outdoor gear
Graham Tucker
Outdoor gear shop
Sun appearing behind a cloud - neutral Sun - optimistic "It’s the best it’s ever been. A lot more people have been going camping. We couldn’t get enough tents in over the summer."
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Restaurant
Eamon Tang
Eamon Tang, Chinese restaurant
Sun - optimistic Umbrella - pessimistic "I think the recession is still here and it’s getting worse. I think business was better at the start of the recession. Now it’s getting worse."
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Tanning shop
J Burlingham
Jenette Burlingham, tanning salon
Sun - optimistic Umbrella - pessimistic "It’s hard for us because it’s our first year but we’re going to get through it. We’re up on this time last year...but we’re not in profit."
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Amusements
Clare Kimber
Amusement arcade Clare Kimber
Umbrella - pessimistic Umbrella - pessimistic "I think it's going to get worse before it gets better. I think we have got a good few years of just paying back all this money."
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Shoe repairs
Tony Diaper
Key cutters
Sun - optimistic Sun - optimistic "We took £400 in shoe repairs in one Saturday, which is much better than a year ago. I think people have got money but they don’t want to spend it."
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Card shop
Gary Newman
Card shop
Sun - optimistic Umbrella - pessimistic "It's far too early to suggest we're coming out of recession. I think we have got another year of difficult trading ahead..."
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Mobile phones
Stuart Fairbairn
Stuart Fairbairn, Carphone warehouse
Sun - optimistic Sun - optimistic "Business has done very well to be fair... People seem to be coming in and seem to be spending more than last year to be honest."
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TV shop
Robert Gibbs
Robert Gibbs, TV shop
N/A Sun appearing behind a cloud - neutral "Due to the general unease, customers are a bit cash-conscious. Compared to two or three years ago, people have down-sized."
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Pub
Rob Gardener
Rob Gardener, Pub
N/A Sun appearing behind a cloud - neutral "We've only been here for a few weeks so I can't judge what it was like before that, but business seems OK to me."
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