Richard Dodd from the British Retail Consortium says that shopper numbers are down considerably all over the UK.
He says it's a reflection of short term difficulties and recent bad weather.
Shop vacancy figures, however, are still considerably high.
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Residents across the region are getting ready for Christmas and as ever our viewers have been out and about snapping the preparations
Sunday should start off dry and bright with sunny periods.
A touch of ground frost possible in sheltered parts by morning.