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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One or two showers are still likely but it should be mostly dry further inland, but large amounts of cloud could persist.
One or two showers are still likely but it should be mostly dry further inland with clear spells in places.