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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Scattered wintry showers during the evening will become fewer and further between overnight, with westerly winds tending to ease.
Largely dry overnight with some clear spells. Perhaps one or two showers across the far north, wintry on hills.
With the General Election just months away, we have found this gem from 1964, where school children give their views ahead of the election.