It was a pretty gloomy festive season for many high street shops. Retail figures released today show only a 1.5% rise in sales in the run-up to Christmas, which is under the rate of inflation.
Last year Dudley had one of the highest number of empty shops in the country, but the Chamber of Commerce says retailers are now fighting back.
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A largely cloudy but mostly dry start.
A cloudy or misty start to the weekend, although mainly dry with sunny spells developing. Low cloud may linger in some spots.
A largely cloudy start to the weekend but mostly dry start. Through the day, some sunny spells are likely to develop.