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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Remaining very windy with gales. Rain soon clearing, with sunny intervals developing.
Outbreaks of rain, sometimes heavy, will soon clear. Sunshine and scattered showers will follow. Mainly dry later.
Localised gales will develop across parts of the region tonight. Tomorrow there will be sunshine and scattered showers.