Shoppers brave weather for sales

It's Christmas sales time for many shops in the Borders and Cumbria. Shoppers have been braving the bad weather in a bid to bag a bargain.

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Shoppers return as weather improves

The improving weather has meant a boost at the tills at the Gretna Gateway Outlet Village. The stores are much busier than yesterday, where shoppers stayed away from the open air mall due to the adverse conditions.

Both the main and overflow car park have been full for much of the day and 2013 is on course to be the busiest ever year for the centre.

The Lanes visitor numbers down on last year

The number of visitors to The Lanes shopping centre in Carlisle dropped by almost 100,000 people compared to the same time last year.

Nearly 760,00 visited the centre between December 1st and Christmas Eve this year. In 2012, the figure was 872,000.

Commercial Director David Jackson puts it down to changing shopping habits and increased online sales.

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Shoppers hit the Christmas sales

Shoppers in Cumbria and the south of Scotland have been braving the bad weather as they hit the Christmas sales.

New research from Begbies Traynor, an independent business recovery practice, suggests many shops need it.

It says 151 UK retailers are now facing "critical" financial problems, up 8% from the last quarter of 2012, while the number of retail businesses with "significant" financial issues rose by 15% to 15,792.

The number of shops in each sector experiencing "significant" distress has become worse in second hand stores and market stalls, followed by food, drink and tobacco retailers, electrical goods merchants and clothing and footwear retailers.

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