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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.

Full report: Independent retailers in Kendal urge shoppers to buy local

Independent shops in the Lake District are struggling to survive according to some business leaders in Kendal.

They say if every shopper spent an extra £5 on the high street the future of small traders would be secured.

Those that have survived are the ones which have changed with the times.

Samantha Parker has been in the town:

Independent's day for Kendal retailers

Retailers in Kendal are taking part in a national campaign to encourage consumers to shop locally.

"Independent's Day" is aimed at celebrating independent retailers and recognising their role in local communities.

Traders in Kendal are displaying their finest products, services and goods in a bid to increase footfall in the town.

"This is a great opportunity to celebrate our independent traders and show our appreciation for all their hard work throughout the year.

"They help form the unique character of our towns and are fundamental in making South Lakeland such a special place.

"Kendal is a leading market town and this is our chance to show the value of our family run businesses and celebrate diversity on the high-street."

– Councillor Giles Archibald, South Lakeland District Council

Concern as shoppers desert Scottish Borders

Business leaders in the Borders have held, what have been described as 'important talks' with the council after a survey showed shoppers are staying away from eight Borders towns.

There's been a 17% drop in the numbers over the last four years.

Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce says more can be done to boost local high streets.

James Aitken from SBCC told ITV Border:

'If you walk into any shop in the Borders it is an issue right across the board. That's why we are such supporters of the borders railway and broadband being improved. Business rates are a huge issue. We would ask the council to look at that again and see what help they can give. "

– James Aitken

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