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Guernsey retail sector 'falls behind'

15 April 10 14:37 GMT

Guernsey's retail sector is falling behind its competitors, according to a retail study.

Over the last 13 years St Peter Port has dropped behind Jersey's St Helier and Douglas in the Isle of Man as a shoppers' paradise.

The report looked at Guernsey's retail economy and what it needed if it was to become successful.

The authors said it was down to the States to decide what resources should be used to rejuvenate shopping areas.

Consultancy firm Roger Tym and Partners, who authored the report, suggested a compromise plan, which would concentrate on the Bridge and Leale's Yard development for the first five years and then shift the focus back to St Peter Port for the next five years.

The study included a survey of 500 households, a retail business survey and pedestrian surveys in the main shopping areas.

It projected that in 2009 the total spent on retail goods was £333m with £16m of that coming from visitors.

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